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Letter to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Supporting H.R. 2250, the “EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011”

Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 8:00pm

The Honorable Fred Upton
Chairman
Committee on Energy and Commerce
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Henry Waxman
Ranking Member
Committee on Energy and Commerce
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Upton and Ranking Member Waxman:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region, supports H.R. 2250, the “EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011.” This bill would provide much-needed relief to manufacturers, who face a host of excessive and unmanageable costs in order to comply with EPA’s flawed “Boiler MACT” suite of rules.

EPA originally proposed a set of Boiler MACT regulations that were so costly, so burdensome, and received such a massive groundswell of opposition from the regulated community, that the Agency had no choice but to seek a long-term extension to drastically redesign its proposal. It received only one month, and the resulting final rules are simply not adequate. EPA has imposed an administrative stay of the rules and is reconsidering them, but ongoing legal challenges to the stay create great uncertainty for both EPA and the regulated community.

H.R. 2250 provides EPA the time it needs to get Boiler MACT right, and provides assurance to manufacturers that the courts would not restart the compliance clock until EPA has been given adequate time to finalize the rules. Given the significant costs at issue in this rulemaking—the American Forest & Paper Association estimates capital costs of $14 billion for general manufacturing—EPA must be permitted the time to issue reasonable (and achievable) Boiler MACT regulations.

Sincerely,
R. Bruce Josten

cc: The Members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce