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EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. HERGER. Mr. Chairman, I rise in support of H.R. 2250, which will protect American jobs from the EPA's unnecessary and economically destructive Boiler MACT regulations. At this time of high unemployment and economic hardship, the EPA wants to require the costly retrofitting of boilers at small businesses, energy plants, schools, and churches in the northern California congressional district I represent and across the Nation.

This regulation is another example of the Obama administration standing in the way of job growth. The Department of Commerce estimates that the 276 pages of Federal regulations could eliminate as many as 60,000 U.S. jobs nationwide. The EPA's own fact sheet says that implementing these rules will cost more than $5 billion.

In August of 2010, the Small Business Administration explicitly warned the EPA that these regulations were too extreme and would harm small businesses. Unfortunately, the EPA did not heed this warning. In addition, the boiler regulation will impose substantial and unnecessary costs for Americans to use biomass energy--an essential part of job growth in the northern California district I represent. Biomass is a clean and renewable energy source that could help increase our energy supplies and manage our overgrown and fire-prone forests while creating much needed jobs.

I urge my colleagues to support this legislation, which will protect jobs and ensure that this costly regulation does not go into effect.


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