After U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill intervened with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on behalf of Holcim, a Missouri-based manufacturer of building materials in Ste. Genevieve, the agency has announced that it will agree to McCaskill's request and delay by two years regulations that could have hurt the business and led to slower job growth.
"This decision is good for Missouri jobs and good for anyone who thinks compromise is the way to solve problems," McCaskill said. "It'll allow Holcim to continue to provide good manufacturing jobs to Missourians, while making sure that we're protecting the health and well-being of our families and communities."
In 2010, the EPA proposed new limits on emissions related to the manufacturing of cement and other building materials. Those limits, originally slated to go into effect in 2013, did not provide enough time for Holcim and other manufacturers to comply and could have led to slower economic and job growth. Today, the EPA issued a ruling that will delay the implementation of those rules until 2015, providing Holcim-which recently invested nearly $1 billion in its Ste. Genevieve manufacturing facility-the time it needs to safely comply with the standards.
"We believe that your positive contributions led to the proposed settlement agreement," Bernard Terver, President and Chief Executive Officer of Holcim wrote in a letter thanking McCaskill.
McCaskill has consistently led the fight to delay or stop unreasonable EPA regulations on Missouri businesses, including legislation she introduced with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) to create jobs and boost business opportunities partly by delaying federal Boiler MACT rules. McCaskill is also continuing to work with a bipartisan group of Senators to achieve a similar compromise on Utility MACT air standards that would reduce the amount of mercury in the air while providing businesses the time they need to safely adhere to the new standards.