Washington -- Congressman Bill Shuster introduced H.R. 2916, the Domestic Energy Production Protection Act. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has repeatedly circumvented Congress and established regulations that are putting our domestic energy industry and hard working Americans out of work. The legislation requires Congressional approval of EPA rules with an impact on domestic energy production.
"President Obama recently announced that he intends to bypass Congress and create new limitations on new and existing coal-fired plants using the EPA. In recent years, the EPA has overstepped its authority and has been legislating via regulation. Just a few weeks ago, it was announced that two coal-fired plants in southwestern Pennsylvania would close down due to the overwhelming cost of complying with the EPA's ever expanding regulations. These are good, clean plants and their closures are a major blow to the region," Shuster said.
H.R. 2916 requires the EPA to submit final rules to the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for analysis on energy production if it lowers the expected rate of domestic production. The OIRA must complete an analysis within 90 days and submit a report to Congress, as well as an analysis on jobs impact. No rules may take effect unless Congress enacts a joint resolution approving the rule.
Original Co-Sponsor, lead Democrat Rep. Nick Rahall (WV-03) believes that this legislation is essential to maintaining proper guidelines and authority.
"The EPA has a responsibility to abide by the public participation and transparency requirements of the law, and to be mindful of how its regulatory agenda impacts not only local communities and the jobs of working families, but also energy prices for consumers and businesses. Unprecedented regulatory steps have been taken by this agency to advance its ideological agenda and this bill is needed to ensure that the public has a voice in how these regulations are developed and implemented," said Rahall.
"Job creators are being bogged down by a never-ending expansion of complex big government regulations. According to the Wall Street Journal, every $1 billion spent complying with an EPA rule threatens 16,000 jobs and cuts the GDP by $1.2 billion. Congress must take back its authority and rein in the EPA," said Shuster.
The original co-sponsors of H.R. 2916 include Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), Rep. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV), Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), Rep, Keith Rothfus (R-PA), Rep, Steve Stivers (R-OH), Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH), Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL), Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA), Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), Rep. Don Young (R-AK), Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), Rep. John Mica (R-FL), Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), Rep. David Joyce (R-OH), Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R-OH), Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV).
The legislation has also received outside support from the National Mining Association, the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance, and the Marcellus Shale Coalition.