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Upton Statement on EPA’s Boiler MACT Rulemaking

In Wake of Court Ruling, EPA to Move Forward with Rules that Threaten Jobs and Economic Growth

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Washington, DC, January 24, 2011 | Sean C. Bonyun ((202) 225-3761) | comments

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today warned the Environmental Protection Agency’s final “Boiler MACT Rules,” expected in February, pose significant economic risk and underscore the dangers of the agency’s flawed regulatory tactics. Last week a federal district court denied the EPA’s request for a 15-month extension on the final emissions standards for boilers and incinerators – rules that will affect thousands of manufacturing and industrial facilities, small businesses, educational institutions, hospitals, and local and federal agencies.

“This EPA has a track record of regulating too much too fast while ignoring potentially devastating economic consequences,” said Upton. “The Boiler MACT rules are a perfect example of what happens when the EPA diverts its resources and attention away from its core responsibilities in order to pursue controversial regulatory schemes – such as its greenhouse gas regime – that lack support in Congress.

“The EPA acknowledges its failure by requesting reconsideration of the final Boiler MACT rules before they are even released,” continued Upton. “Congress will be closely monitoring the final rules when they are released next month and considering what steps can be taken to protect jobs and prevent reckless regulation.”

NOTE: The original Boiler MACT proposal could result in thousands of lost jobs, according to the EPA’s own analysis, and the agency’s request for an extension acknowledged the rules needed to be re-proposed to be “more defensible.” The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has scheduled a hearing on “The Views for the Administration on Regulatory Reform” this Wednesday, January 26 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building to examine the Obama administration’s recent executive order on federal regulations.

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