There Are 12 Democrat Co-Sponsors For Today’s Effort To Fix An EPA Rule That Would Endanger Thousands Of Jobs

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 12 Senate Democrats Co-Sponsored Rule Changes


CO-SPONSOR LIST: Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI), Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR), Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)


“Our legislation provides common sense solutions to the challenges the EPA is facing in attempting to implement these complicated rules, which if written without proper data, analysis, and consideration, would cost the industry billions of dollars and potentially thousands of jobs.” (“Senators Introduce Bill To Give EPA Adequate Time To Implement Boiler MACT Rule,” Press Release, 7/20/11)


SEN. RON WYDEN (D-OR): “EPA itself has admitted that its boiler rules need to be fixed… This legislation directs the EPA to go back to the drawing board and craft boiler rules that are more in line with what is realistic for mills and factories…” (“Senators Introduce Bill To Give EPA Adequate Time To Implement Boiler MACT Rule,” Press Release, 7/20/11)


SEN. JIM WEBB (D-VA): “‘Hasty implementation of the Boiler MACT rule has the potential to endanger thousands of jobs in our fragile economy,’ said Senator Webb. ‘This bipartisan legislation would give the EPA time to craft a balanced approach that protects both our environment and our manufacturing jobs.’” (Sen. Webb, “Senator Webb Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill To Delay EPA Boiler MACT Rule,” Press Release, 7/22/11)


SENS. BEN NELSON (D-NE) & MARK WARNER (D-VA): “We remain concerned about the vulnerability of small and large businesses – as well as municipalities, universities and federal facilities – to excessive and expensive regulatory burdens. It is critical that the final rule include standards achievable by boilers in real-world operating conditions.” (Sens. Warner, Nelson [NE], Inhofe, Portman, Collins, & Alexander, Letter To EPA Administrator Jackson, 2/21/11)


SEN. HERB KOHL (D-WI): “No one doubts that we need regulations to keep our air and water clean… But we should make sure that federal regulations are balanced, achievable and cost-effective.  This bill is the best way to give EPA the time they need to produce better rules that will reduce air pollution without putting thousands of jobs at risk.” (Sen. Kohl, Press Release, 7/27/11)


SEN. DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): “Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) is not a co-sponsor of the Collins bill, but she said … ‘I certainly support [manufacturers] having a little bit more time.’” (“Senate Democrats Consider Drafting Their Own EPA Boiler-Rule Amendment,” Climate Wire, 3/7/12)


SEN. JOE MANCHIN (D-WV): “…Senator Manchin has sponsored or cosponsored many pieces of commonsense legislation, including: The EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011, which would delay the effective date of Boiler MACT and direct EPA to make the rule achievable for existing boilers.” (Sen. Manchin, “Achieve Energy Independence And Reduce Unnecessary Regulations,” Accessed 3/8/12)


SEN. MARY LANDRIEU (D-LA): “With manufacturing being one of the bright spots in our economic recovery, we cannot afford to jeopardize the industry’s health and the high-paying jobs it supplies to this country. This legislation will give the EPA the time extension it needs to craft a balanced approach that not only keeps our environment clean, but also our economy strong…”  (“Senators Introduce Bill To Give EPA Adequate Time To Implement Boiler MACT Rule,” Press Release, 7/20/11)


SEN. MARK PRYOR (D-AR): “The pulp and timber industry in Arkansas want certainty so it can plan for the future, something that continuous litigation and unpredictable regulations currently do not provide… This legislation provides the EPA adequate time to work with industry and establish sensible and achievable regulations, once and for all.” (“Senators Introduce Bill To Give EPA Adequate Time To Implement Boiler MACT Rule,” Press Release, 7/20/11)


JOBS GROUPS: ‘Rules Place At Risk Tens Of Thousands Of High-Paying Manufacturing Jobs’


300+ JOBS GROUPS: “…the final Boiler MACT rules will have serious economic impacts on a vast array of facilities across the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors. These rules place at risk tens of thousands of high-paying manufacturing jobs that our nation cannot afford to lose.” (Coalition Letter, National Association Of Manufacturers, 10/3/11)


·         “If enacted, the ‘EPA Regulatory Relief Act’ will provide the much-needed certainty and time for EPA to get the rules right and for businesses that will be investing billions of dollars to rationally plan for the capital expenses. This legislation will preserve jobs and the competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing sector while protecting the environment.” (Coalition Letter, National Association Of Manufacturers, 10/3/11)


Consequences: Jeopardizes 200 Jobs At Ohio Mill; 230,000 Jobs Nationwide


“The city may lose more manufacturing jobs as SMART Papers announced… the company will begin winding down operations now and will cease operations by the first quarter of next year. At stake are about 200 jobs…” (“SMART Papers For Sale; 200 Jobs At Risk,” Dayton Daily News, 10/14/11)


·         “…new federal pollution rules contributed to the decision, said Tim Needham, Smart Papers’ chairman.” (“Hamilton’s Smart Papers Closing,” The Cincinnati Enquirer, 10/13/11)


·         “…Needham said the rules would require his company to essentially replace its existing boilers… Beyond the cost of new boilers, Needham said, current boiler technology doesn’t exist to comply with the EPA standards.” (“Hamilton’s Smart Papers Closing,” The Cincinnati Enquirer, 10/13/11)


NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS: “During this critical time in our nation’s economic recovery, manufacturers simply cannot afford another costly and burdensome regulation that will put 230,000 jobs at risk, according to the Council of Industrial Boiler Owners. The Boiler MACT rule will cost manufacturers more than $14 billion…” (National Association Of Manufacturers, Press Release, 10/13/11)


AMERICAN FOREST & PAPER ASSOCIATION: “For the paper sector only, the additional costs will put over 70,000 jobs at risk in our mills and communities. A wide range of sectors and the jobs they sustain would be severely harmed—universities, small municipalities, food product processors, furniture makers, and a wide range of manufacturers and other businesses that operate liquid or solid-fuel fired boilers.” (American Forest & Paper Association, “Boiler MACT,” Accessed 11/15/11)