Last night the House of Representatives passed the EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011, legislation co-authored by Rep. Todd Rokita that prevents the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing new regulations on boilers and incinerators that will cost businesses as much as $14.4 billion and destroy 224,000 jobs.
"The EPA Regulatory Relief Act is an important Red Tape Rollback victory. It targets just the type of job-killing regulations I partnered with the Indiana Chamber of Commerce to repeal or prevent," Rokita said.
"I have been writing the EPA's administrator since February urging the agency to reconsider these job-killing regulations. Unfortunately the EPA failed to consider the negative impacts of this rule. That is why I co-authored the EPA Regulatory Relief Act," Rokita said. "This legislation does what EPA bureaucrats have refused to do: it requires that maximum achievable control technology (MACT) rules be re-proposed to ensure standards are achievable, compliance deadlines are realistic, and jobs won't be destroyed because of bad decisions by unaccountable bureaucrats."
If implemented, these MACT rules would have resulted in $5.4 billion in capital costs and new compliance costs of $2.2 billion annually by EPA's own estimates. Other estimates have put the cost at $14.4 billion. These rules would jeopardize over 200,000 jobs, result in plant closures and send more American manufacturing jobs overseas.
The EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 passed on a bipartisan basis 275 to 142.
Learn more about Red Tape Rollback at Rokita.House.Gov/Redtape.