Manufacturers: Time to Act to Stop Harmful EPA Regulations10/05/11 - National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse released this statement on H.R. 2681, the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 and H.R. 2250, the EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011, which will delay the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Cement MACT and Boiler MACT rules:
“This week, the House has an opportunity to act to protect manufacturing jobs and economic growth by passing legislation to stop the EPA from implementing the harmful Cement MACT and Boiler MACT rules. The EPA continues to cause uncertainty for manufacturers by moving forward with overreaching regulations that will make our nation less competitive and dampen job creation.
The EPA’s Cement MACT regulation will cost the cement industry $3.4 billion over the next three years, resulting in a devastating impact on the industry. In addition, the Boiler MACT regulations will cost manufacturers $14 billion in capital to install devices on boilers to reach new levels, which in some cases are unachievable, and put 230,000 high-paying jobs at risk.
Manufacturers simply cannot afford more costly regulations at this critical time in our economic recovery. Members of the House can act now to rein in the EPA by supporting the Cement Sector Regulatory Act and the EPA Regulatory Relief Act. A vote for these two bills is a vote to preserve jobs and manufacturing competitiveness.”