McKinley Co-Sponsored Bills to Delay EPA Pass House10/13/11
McKinley Co-Sponsored Bills to Delay EPA Pass House
Bipartisan legislation good for W.Va. and America
Washington, D.C. – Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) voted on two pieces of legislation this month that would protect businesses and the working men and women of West Virginia from rogue regulatory agencies like the EPA. H.R. 2250, the EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011, which was sponsored by Reps. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), and H.R. 2681, the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 sponsored by Reps. John Sullivan (R-OK) and Mike Ross (D-AR),would provide the EPA with 15 months to re-propose and finalize new rules so that emissions standards are economically and technically achievable.
These bipartisan bills would also extend the deadlines to at least 5 years for allowing facilities adequate time to comply with new rules and install control equipment. H.R. 2250 and H.R. 2681 direct the EPA to ensure the new rules are achievable in practice and impose the least burdensome regulatory alternatives consistent with the President’s Executive Order 13563.
“We have seen in West Virginia the disastrous effects a threat from the EPA can have on job security and creation,” said McKinley. “We saw it first when the EPA vetoed an existing mine permit at Spruce Mine which cost 250 jobs, and just recently with the closing of the AEP plant in Moundsville which would cost another 250 West Virginians their jobs. The EPA has outlined a path for this country that is not only ideologically motivated and unfounded by science but it is a path that will lead us to joblessness and the loss of the American Dream.
“Two lumber producers in the West Virginia gave me firsthand accounts pleading for Congress to delay the EPA and their burdensome regulations which will greatly devastate their companies. Last month, I took their concerns to the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation Gina McCarthy and asked her what she would do if she was in the position of the lumber companies who are faced with regulations that will cost millions of dollars or to fire thousands of workers that rely on their jobs to feed their families and put roofs over their heads. She didn’t have an answer.
“It is clear the Obama administration has been waging a war on coal — first through its attempt to pass a cap-and-trade energy tax, and now through the EPA’s efforts to regulate what the president could not legislate. House Republicans are not trying to completely do away with the EPA but it is time they have a reality check and understand their job-killing regulations need to be redone so they are achievable and practical standards for American businesses.”
The EPA estimates the final Boiler MACT rules will impose new capital costs totaling over $5 billion. Other analyses have projected compliance costs of over $14 billion with over 230,000 jobs at risk. The EPA estimates the Cement MACT rules will affect approximately 100 cement plants and impose total capital costs of $2.2 billion with an annualized cost of $337 million. The Portland Cement Association (PCA) estimates even higher compliance costs at $3.4 billion for cement kilnsand an additional $2 billion to comply with incinerator requirements. The association also projects the potential shutdown of almost 20 percent of the domestic manufacturing industry. Over 20,000 jobs could be lost due to plant closures and increased construction costs.