For Four Years, EPA Has Rebuffed U.S. Small Business Administration's Pleas to Study Economic Impact GHG Rules Will have On Small Businesses
U.S. Small Business Administration Deputy Chief Counsel for Advocacy Claudia Rodgers testified yesterday on Capitol Hill that the Environmental Protection Agency has repeatedly rebuffed SBA requests for EPA to study the economic effects of proposed greenhouse gas regulations on the nation’s small businesses.
According to Rodger’s prepared testimony:
“In four years of regulatory activity, EPA has not evaluated the economic effects that its initial endangerment finding and mobile source emissions standards have had on small businesses.”
Rodgers later remarked, “EPA has now completed a regulatory process which has or will soon subject small businesses to the burden of Clean Air Act permitting, a burden that the Tailoring rule has failed to address for some and has only delayed by a few years for others. Throughout the rulemaking process, our office has informed EPA that it should adequately consider the impacts of this program on small business.”
Energy & Commerce Bill Would Require EPA to Conduct Economic Analysis on Regulations
Also on Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power convened a hearing to discuss legislation introduced by committee members John Sullivan (R-OK) and Jim Matheson (D-UT) which calls for an economic analysis of the cumulative impacts of EPA’s rules on small businesses and other primary stakeholders.
The “Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011” (the “TRAIN Act”) would:
“¢ Require an interagency committee to analyze the cumulative impacts of certain significant rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency in an effort to better understand how these policies are impacting America’s global economic competitiveness, electricity and fuel prices, employment, and reliability of electricity supply.
“¢ Call for an analysis of the cumulative impacts of EPA’s rules on consumers, small businesses, state, local and tribal governments, labor markets, and agriculture.
Click HERE to learn more about the TRAIN Act.