Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after House passage of the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act (H.R. 2681) earlier today:
"I was proud to support this bill because it will cut through the regulatory tape that threatens to stifle job creation. The bill will reign in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) bureaucracy on an important issue that directly impacts cement companies' ability to operate and create jobs. This bill is another significant example of the House's efforts to eliminate overly burdensome regulations that are killing jobs in Arkansas and across the nation."
Last year, the EPA announced a final rule -- known as the Cement Maximum Achievable Control Technology or "Cement MACT" -- setting new standards under the Clean Air Act for cement manufacturing plants. Compliance costs are estimated to be in the billions of dollars and the potential loss of American jobs are estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands. H.R. 2681 addresses the Cement MACT rules by directing the EPA to revise this rule and to extend manufacturers' compliance period from 3 to at least 5 years.