BResponding to urgent calls from job creators across a range of industries, Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) joined with bipartisan members of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce to introduce The EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011(H.R. 2250).
The proposal directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop new, achievable standards affecting non-utility boilers and incinerators, and grants additional time for development of and compliance with the new rules. Economic analyses have projected that compliance with the rules as currently proposed could cost in excess of $14 billion, which could put more than 200,000 jobs at risk.
"We all agree that we need to take responsible actions to protect public health and clean our environment," said Congressman Barrow. "But we need to do so in a smart, common sense way that does not jeopardize our efforts to create jobs and get the economy back on track. This legislation strikes the right balance by reducing the amount of pollution being spewed into the air, while at the same time removing regulatory burdens that threaten more than 200,000 jobs in our country. It's a win-win, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to see this important piece of legislation become law."
The Members introducing the EPA Regulatory Relief Act issued the following statement:
"Our goal is simple. With the EPA Regulatory Relief Act, we are giving EPA the time it needs -- the time it has requested -- to address difficult technical issues and develop rules that are workable in the real world. Likewise, businesses, institutions, and facilities need adequate time to finance the new monitoring and control equipment that will be required to meet the new standards, to obtain necessary regulatory approvals, and to design, procure, install, test, train personnel, and start up equipment. Without regulatory relief, EPA's current rules endanger hundreds of thousands of jobs nationwide by forcing plant shutdowns and relocation of American manufacturing and jobs overseas. We look forward to working with our colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and the Obama administration, to see this type of common-sense relief become law."
The legislation was offered jointly by Reps. Barrow, Morgan Griffith (R-VA), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Jim Matheson (D-UT), Pete Olson (R-TX), Mike Ross (D-AR), and Steve Scalise (R-LA).