Scalise introduces bill to expedite EPA permitting process for construction

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) introduced legislation on Friday that would take steps to prevent delays in the construction of new manufacturing facilities and add transparency to the EPA’s review process.

The Promoting New Manufacturing Act would require the EPA to provide more guidance on how facilities can comply with new or revised environmental regulations in an effort to prevent delays.

“Our national debt is racing towards $18 trillion, and every month more and more Americans are leaving the workforce,” Scalise, the vice chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, said. “The administration should be doing everything in its power to grow the economy and help Americans get back to work. The Promoting New Manufacturing Act takes critical steps toward cutting red tape, reviving our country’s manufacturing base and creating thousands of high-paying jobs for hard-working Americans. By increasing transparency and holding the EPA accountable, we can jump start a broken permitting process that is holding back our economy, which is good news for hard working taxpayers.”

Under the bill, the EPA would be required to report to Congress on actions taken to expedite the approval process. The number of New Source Review (NSR) preconstruction permits issued under the Clean Air Act would also be made public.

“I thank Rep. Scalise for his leadership in advancing this important jobs bill,” Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said. “The disappointing news that the U.S. economy shrunk in the first quarter of 2014 underscores the need for this commonsense measure so we can build new factories and get folks back to work. This bill is an important part of our plans to build the Architecture of Abundance, and will allow our energy abundance to fuel a manufacturing renaissance.”

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power Chairman Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) said there are 177 building projects on hold within the chemicals industry alone because of federal red tape.

“We need to create jobs, and one way to do this is by promoting manufacturing,” Whitfield said. “I agree that we must have a ‘can do’ attitude as Obama said last week, but we must have ‘can do’ opportunities for the American people and the spirit of this country. I thank Rep. Scalise for leading this effort to create these opportunities.”