NAM STUDY: EPA Regulations Will Drive Up Manufacturing Costs, Cripple Economic Recovery

November 30, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – A new study released this week by the National Association of Manufacturers finds major new EPA rules could cost manufacturers hundreds of billions of dollars and eliminate millions of American jobs. The study examines the cumulative impact of EPA’s new layers of red tape that are burdening job creators with high costs and driving up energy prices. The authors warn EPA’s actions will prohibit job creation and investment and could cripple our economic recovery.

The report analyzes the cumulative cost of new major EPA rules affecting our nation’s power sector, including the Utility MACT Rule, the Boiler MACT Rule, the Coal Ash Rule, the Coal Combustion Residuals Rule, the Cooling Water Intake Structures Rule, the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, and the anticipated new National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone.

The report finds compliance costs for the six regulations could total up to $111.2 billion by EPA estimates and up to $138.2 billion by industry estimates. Total capital expenditures are projected at $174.6 billion to $539.3 billion according to EPA data and from $404.5 billion to $884.5 billion according to industry.

“EPA’s expansion of red tape is strangling job creators and American consumers at a time when they can least afford it. This report offers further evidence that EPA’s policies will hinder our economic recovery and the growth of American manufacturing,” said Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY). “Rather than burdening American businesses with high compliance costs and uncertainty, we need commonsense policies that will foster investment and help bring manufacturing jobs back to America.”

The Energy and Commerce Committee has been leading the fight against EPA’s regulatory assault on jobs and affordable energy during the 112th Congress. Advancing bipartisan legislation like the Energy Tax Prevention Act, the TRAIN Act, the EPA Regulatory Relief Act, and the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act, the committee has offered commonsense solutions to shield job creators and American families from EPA’s costly new rules and destructive overreach.

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