U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today applauded the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit's decision striking down the Environmental Protection Agency's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule that imposed job-crushing burdens on Pennsylvania manufacturers.
The court ruled the EPA had exceeded its authority and sent the regulation back to the agency to be rewritten.
The decision was heralded by local manufacturers and officials.
"I certainly agree with Sen. Toomey and am encouraged that the court recognized the exceedance of the EPA's authority." - Darrel K. Lewis, Chief Engineer, Snyder Associated Companies, Armstrong County
"Finally a "Voice of Reason' is heard from to secure a reasonable balance between environmental protection and our nation's economic health." - John M. Stilley, President Amerikohl Mining, Inc. and Patriot Exploration, Butler County
"This decision will have a significant impact on the coal industry in Somerset County. Much of the coal produced in our county is used for power generation. Recycling the boney piles, which helps clean the waterways, will benefit from this decision. The EPA needs to use more of a common sense approach when considering these matters. This is certainly very good news for those whose livelihoods depend on coal." - John Vatavuk, Somerset County Commissioner (Democrat)
"The EPA has very aggressively expanded its footprint on the economy in recent years and its mandates fall hardest on small businesses. Small businesses in Pennsylvania will applaud the court's ruling because it puts a check on the agency, and it underscores the need for Congress to assert more authority over the regulatory machine in Washington." - Kevin Shivers, Pennsylvania State Director, National Federation of Independent Business
"As I travel across Pennsylvania's 67 counties, I have met many small business owners and job creators who complain about the EPA's overbearing regulations and red tape," Sen. Toomey said. "While I support reasonable environmental protections, the current administration has overstepped its bounds, and the new deluge of regulations is costing Pennsylvania jobs and hurting our vital manufacturing sector. I am pleased with today's decision and hope it will send a strong message to the EPA as it reconsiders its regulatory approach."