Contact: Jennifer Scott (202) 249-6512
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 21, 2011)
Today the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce passed the "EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011" (H.R. 2250) by a vote of 36-14.
American Chemistry Council (ACC) President and CEO
issued the following statement:
"We commend Chairman Upton and members of the committee for moving this important, bipartisan legislation forward. The bill provides EPA time to develop more effective, achievable emission standards for industrial boilers and heaters. Meanwhile, by extending the compliance deadline, it gives American businesses time to identify, budget for and implement the necessary changes to their facilities.
"The business of chemistry is one of the nation's most significant manufacturing industries. We are on the cusp of a U.S. manufacturing renaissance, thanks in part to the promise of
. Yet we compete in a global marketplace, and if costs become too high-or the business environment too uncertain-we lose competitiveness and jobs. We urge the House to support positive momentum in American manufacturing and approve H.R. 2250."
In April, ACC and other groups
filed a petition
asking EPA for an administrative 'stay' of the boiler emission standards pending reconsideration. While EPA granted the stay, its decision is being challenged in two courts, so legislation is essential.
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