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NEXT WEEK: #SubEnvironment to Examine Solutions to Ease Burdensome EPA Regulations


WASHINGTON, DC – The Environment Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), today announced a hearing for Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at 10 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Big Relief for Small Business: Legislation Reducing Regulatory Burdens on Small Manufacturers and Other Job Creators.”

Next week’s #SubEnvironment hearing will provide members the opportunity to examine several Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules and policies that have an adverse impact on small businesses across the country. The subcommittee will also look at four pieces of legislation that seek to alleviate the burden these policies have on businesses.

H.R. 350, Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2017, authored by Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), would;

  • Clarify that the anti-tampering provisions applicable to motor vehicles do not apply to vehicles used solely for competition.

H.R. 453, Relief from New Source Performance Standards Act of 2017, authored by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), would;

  • Extend the deadlines for the second phase of New Source Performance Standards for new residential wood heaters.

H.R. 1119, Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment (SENSE) Act, authored by Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA), would;

  • Provide alternative compliance options with the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and Mercury and Air Toxic Standards for coal refuse-to-energy plants.

H.R. 1917, Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns (BRICK) Act of 2017, authored by committee member Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), would;

  • Extend the deadlines for the national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for brick and structural clay products manufacturing or clay ceramics manufacturing. The extension would last until judicial review of the rules is completed.

“Much of our work here at the committee is focused on doing what’s best for consumers and small businesses across the country and next week’s hearing is no different,” said Chairman Shimkus. “Any opportunity to reevaluate onerous rules and regulations for our small businesses should be taken and any solution should be thoroughly vetted and examined. I look forward to examining the issues at hand and what we can do to reverse and reduce the adverse impact many of these rules are having on affected entities and jobs.”

The Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.


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