Regulatory Indifference Hurts Vulnerable Communities

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 5:00am

This report examines the impacts of two regulations—one issued by EPA, the other issued by OSHA—that together could devastate the U.S. brick manufacturing industry.  The report details how both agencies made unrealistic assumptions about the brick industry’s ability to afford and comply with their proposed rules.  In reality, the rules are far more costly than assumed and threaten the survival of many plants.  The rules deliver slight benefits to workers and residents of brick communities, which are far outweighed by the job losses that will occur in these vulnerable areas.  The report describes how the regulatory process allows agencies to write rules that do more harm than good, and vulnerable industries have little or no ability to stop them.