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Legislation Requires EPA to Issue Guidance with Any New Rules

WASHINGTON (June 1, 2015) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in support of the 'Promoting New Manufacturing Act' ( H.R. 2557 , S. 1425 ), introduced by Congressman Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).

"We commend Congressman Scalise and Senator Capito for supporting manufacturing and job growth through their introduction of the 'Promoting New Manufacturing Act.' This important legislation will improve the regulatory permitting process for states and manufacturers and provide greater certainty for industry to continue investing right here in the United States.

"The U.S. business of chemistry is undergoing a historic expansion made possible by plentiful and affordable natural gas and NGLs from shale formations . To date, $142 billion in cumulative investment is planned or underway. The new plants, expansions and factory re-starts will generate hundreds of thousands of jobs and help create innovative new products.

"Unfortunately, all of these projects must undergo a lengthy and complex permitting process that can delay and even derail the investment. One of the biggest problems has been EPA's failure to provide timely guidance when the Agency issues new National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Lacking clear direction from EPA, state permitting agencies and manufacturing facilities have, at times, been left confused as to how to complete the permitting process.

"The 'Promoting New Manufacturing Act' will improve today's flawed permitting process. It requires EPA to issue guidance concurrent with new rules, provide topline data about the number of permits issued and the length of reviews and report to Congress on steps the Agency has taken to expedite the process. We urge Congress to move the bill forward."


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