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Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs

The Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs Division develops, implements, and advocates U.S. Chamber policy on issue areas of vital importance to the business community: environment, energy, natural resources, food safety, biotechnology, agriculture, technology, and regulatory processes.

Latest Reports

Sue and Settle Updated: Damage Done 2013-2016
May 2017

Sue and Settle Updated: Damage Done 2013-2016 updates the Chamber’s 2013 report, Sue and Settle: Regulating Behind Closed Doors. The study found that EPA increased its use of sue and settle agreements under the Clean Air Act since the last report. 

The EPA entered into 77 Clean Air Act consent decrees between 2013-2016 compared to 60 between 2009-2012. The sue and settle tactic allowed activist groups without meaningful public participation to reprioritize agency agendas and resources which in turn led to rules costing the economy billions of dollars annually.

Additionally, sue and settle agreements have increasingly been the root of federal rules that encroach on state and local level environmental decision making.

Taming the Administrative State: Identifying Regulations That Impact Jobs and the Economy
March 2017

This new study seeks to inform policymakers and the public about the number and type of regulations that impose the greatest impact on the business community, consumers, and ultimately the U.S. economy. 

The analysis, which examined federal rules finalized from 2008-2016, found that only 140 regulations out of more than 32,000 had costs exceeding $100 million.  Also, it found an even smaller number of 28 “high-impact rules” or regulations that each cost more than $1 billion annually. 

The report identifies the most costly and transformative regulations so that Congress and federal agencies are better able to develop a process that will ensure future regulations achieve congressional intent and avoid agency overreach.


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Recent Activity

LetterOct 03, 2017 - 4:45pm

Coalition Letter to Senate EPW Urging Action on EPA Assistant Administrator Nominees

Re: Ensuring a Fully Staffed and Functional Environmental Protection Agency Dear Chairman Barrasso and Ranking Member Carper:

CommentSep 27, 2017 - 3:30pm

WAC Coalition Comments to EPA and USACE on Proposed Repeal of 2015 Clean Water Rule (WOTUS)

Comments of the Waters Advocacy Coalition (WAC) on the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Proposed Repeal of 2015 Clean Water Rule and Recodification of Pre-Existing Rules EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203 I. Introduction

CommentSep 25, 2017 - 2:00pm

Comments to EPA and USACE on Proposed Repeal of 2015 WOTUS Rule

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING The Honorable E. Scott PruittAdministratorU.S. Environmental Protection Agency1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, D.C. 20460 Mr. Douglas W. LamontSenior Official Performing Duties of the Assistant Secretary of the ArmyDepartment of the Army, Civil Works108 Army PentagonWashington, D.C. 20310

TestimonySep 07, 2017 - 9:30am

Testimony to Senate HSGAC Subcommittee on Oversight of Permit Streamlining and the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council

Statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce On: Hearing on "Cutting Through the Red Tape: Oversight of Federal Infrastructure Permitting and the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council" To: U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs' Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

CommentAug 30, 2017 - 2:30pm

Reply Comments to FCC on Restoring Internet Freedom Rulemaking

RE: Restoring Internet Freedom (WC Docket No. 17-108) Dear Ms. Dortch:

Above the FoldAug 28, 2017 - 2:00pm
President Donald Trump holds up a signed EO with business leaders in the Oval Office. Photographer: Olivier Douliery

The State of the Regulatory State Six Months into the Trump Administration

The most under-reported story about the Trump administration is what’s being done on regulations.

Above the FoldAug 08, 2017 - 2:30pm
Steens Mountain in eastern Oregon.

EPA: Our Air is Getting Cleaner as Our Economy Grows

At the same time, the economy has grown, reminding us that environmental improvement and economic growth aren’t mutually exclusive.

Press ReleaseAug 02, 2017 - 4:45pm

U.S. Chamber Comment on Senate Resolution in Support of 5G Technology

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Environment, Technology, & Regulatory Affairs William Kovacs issued the following statement today following Senate introduction of a resolution in support of 5G technology:

Above the FoldJul 18, 2017 - 4:15pm
People walking out of the Federal Communications Commission headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Why Most Americans Stayed Neutral on the Internet Day of Action

Most Americans agree that net neutrality principles are good for the internet and for our economy.