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

Issue BriefNov 13, 2017 - 9:00am

Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards

The National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone is an outdoor air regulation established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Air Act. Ground-level ozone is a gas that occurs both naturally and forms due to chemical reactions between nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds, which are emitted from industrial facilities, power plants, vehicle exhaust, and chemical solvents.

LetterNov 09, 2017 - 2:30pm

Coalition Letter to Senate on Confirmation of EPA Deputy and Assistant Administrator Nominees

Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Democratic Leader Schumer:

CommentNov 07, 2017 - 3:00pm

Comments to EPA on Proposal to Withdraw Proposed Determination on Pebble Mine

VIA ELECTRONIC FILINGTo: The Honorable Scott PruittAdministratorU.S. Environmental Protection Agency1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.Washington, DC 20460Re: Withdrawal of the Proposed Determination for the Pebble Mine in Alaska (EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369)

LetterNov 07, 2017 - 3:00pm

Hill Letter to Senate EPW Supporting Confirmation of EPA Deputy Administrator Nominee

Dear Chairman Barrasso and Ranking Member Carper: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”). We look forward to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee advancing his nomination to the full Senate for confirmation.

CommentOct 27, 2017 - 4:45pm

Comments to FTC on Informational Injury Workshop

VIA ELECTRONIC FILINGTo: Mr. Donald S. ClarkFederal Trade CommissionOffice of the SecretaryConstitution Center400 7th Street, SW5th Floor, Suite 5610 (Annex A)Washington, DC 20024Re: Informational Injury Workshop and P175413 Dear Mr. Clark:

TestimonyOct 18, 2017 - 4:00pm

QFR Response to Senate HSGAC Subcommittee Hearing on Federal Infrastructure Permitting and FPISC

Questions for the Record from Hearing Entitled “Cutting through the Red Tape: Oversight of Federal Infrastructure Permitting and the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council”U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

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