Upton and Shimkus Call for Withdrawal of EPA Proposal that would Add Needless Red Tape to Existing Reporting Programs

April 5, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee leaders are urging the Office of Management and Budget to withdraw the Environmental Protection Agency's final draft rule "TSCA Inventory Update Modifications" (IUR). Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Environment and the Economy Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) sent a letter this week notifying OMB Director Jacob Lew that the proposed rule fails to meet the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act and President Obama's  Executive Order 13563.

"Despite possible revisions that could result from some of the many public comments, we are convinced that the Paperwork Reduction Act, the President's commitment to reducing needless burdens on the American public and the economy, and sound public policy require that the rule be withdrawn," Upton and Shimkus wrote.

This proposed rule would impose new and unwarranted cost burdens on the U.S. economy with no added benefit. The rule, an expansion of the 2006 IUR, would increase the frequency of reporting and breadth of information required on the use and manufacture of certain chemicals, harshly affecting a wide spectrum of businesses across the economy. EPA has provided no justification for the added red tape, seemingly in direct violation of current regulatory standards.  Both the Paperwork Reduction Act and Executive Order 13563 require agencies to justify their actions are necessary and beneficial.

The subcommittee is playing a leading role this year examining the economic costs of environmental regulations and holding federal agencies accountable to prevent further unnecessary and burdensome regulations.

Click HERE to view the letter to Jacob Lew .
 

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