Whitfield examines bills to fight EPA overreach

Two commonsense bills meant to counter the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulatory overreach were examined at a hearing chaired by Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) on Wednesday.

“The Obama EPA has issued numerous regulations impacting manufacturers and energy producers, and many of us are concerned about their impact on the economy and jobs,” Whitfield said. “In particular, a few of these rules are extremely troubling, such as the ones that may cause more environmental harm than good and those that may force small businesses to shut down.”

The subcommittee examined two bills that aim to change EPA rules to avoid adverse consequences – the Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment (SENSE) Act, H.R. 3797, introduced by Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA), and the Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns (BRICK) Act, introduced by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH).

“Both the SENSE Act and the BRICK Act provide specific solutions to specific problems created by EPA rules that directly threaten the continued operation of businesses in these important sectors of the economy,” Whitfield said. “These targeted provisions will be a net plus for the environment as well as the economy and jobs in many small communities.”

The SENSE Act makes limited adjustments to EPA rules to allow the continuation of the coal refuse-to-energy industry’s mission of providing affordable energy and remediating formerly-polluted sites across the coal-producing regions. The BRICK Act serves to extend the EPA’s “Brick MACT” rule compliance requirements until the completion of judicial review to protect consumers and businesses from undue costs prior to the rule’s legality being determined.

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