What is the Impact of EPA Regulations?


The House Energy and Power Subcommittee voted on Friday to force the Obama Administration to study the overall effect of environmental regulations and finish a report by August 2012. The bill – which would create a commission with 11 members that would study the effect of environmental rules on unemployment, gas prices, electricity prices and others – must now move through the House Energy Committee. This is in response to a complaint by House Republicans who say the Environmental Protection Agency hasn’t considered the effects of its regulations that would limit emissions in a variety of industrial facilities.

The bill would pay for the commission with 3.5-million dollars dedicated to federal grants to reduce diesel emissions. Democrats criticized the bill – saying it wouldn’t fully show the impact of the regulations – including Illinois Representative Bobby Rush who says it will emphasize the cost of implementing EPA rules – but not account for all the benefits of the regulations. The House will vote on the bill by August – and if approved – it will head to the Senate.

Source:  NAFB News Service

Posted by Haylie Shipp


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