Jennifer Scott (202) 249-6512
January 20, 2011

EPA Had Asked for Far More Time to Consider, Re-Propose Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 20, 2011) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today expressed disappointment about a federal court decision to grant the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) only one additional month to issue industrial boiler emission standards. The ruling today by U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman extends the court-ordered schedule for EPA to issue the rules from January 16, 2011 to February 21, 2011. An EPA motion had requested an extension to April 13, 2012. EPA wanted to use the additional year to review public comments and new data it received and re-propose the rules .

"Today's decision is bad news for U.S. manufacturers, large industries and small businesses alike," said Cal Dooley , President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council. "After hearing from numerous stakeholders that the proposed rules would cost businesses billions and tens of thousands of jobs, EPA wisely asked for more time to consider new information. Because of today's ruling, EPA will not have adequate opportunity to improve the rules to ensure they are achievable, effective and will not stifle economic growth or put more Americans out of work."

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