House passes bill that takes on EPA regulations
by U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis media release
September 25, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) applauded House passage of legislation which calls for an assessment of the combined impacts of recent major Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.
Representative Lummis released the following statement on H.R. 2401, The TRAIN Act:
"In its haste to increase costs on oil, gas and coal, the Obama Administration’s EPA completely disregards the impacts its rules have on America’s job creators and the economy. The bill passed today will require a full understanding of exactly how costly these regulations are for ordinary Americans. Some studies show that just two of the several rules this legislation covers would cause the net loss of 1.65 million jobs in the United States. Americans deserve to know how many jobs will be lost, and how much electricity prices will increase as a result of the EPA’s actions. This bill will force the EPA to thoroughly consider the implications of its rule-making. This level of accountability and review is long past due. "
• Will require an interagency committee to assess the combined impacts of recent large environmental regulations. It will analyze global economic competitiveness of the United States and the effect of regulations on electricity prices, fuel prices, employment, and the reliability of the electricity supply.
• Will assess how regulations affect consumers, small businesses, state, local and tribal governments, local and industry-specific labor markets and agriculture.
• Will delay implementation of EPA's controversial Utility MACT rule and new transport rule to ensure that the economic impacts of these two major rules in conjunction with other EPA rules are fully understood.
• Will not prevent EPA from continuing to develop regulations.
• Will not limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to protect public health and welfare in any way because the bill does nothing to halt EPA's current authority to regulate emissions.
• Will not compel any legal regulatory framework to be based upon the final analysis.