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#SubEnvironment to Consider Four Bills to Empower Small Businesses and Manufacturers


WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Environment, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), today announced it will markup four bills on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 10 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

#SubEnvironment will consider the following bills:

H.R. 350, Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2017, authored by committee member Rep. Richard Hudson (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 for brick and structural clay products manufacturing or clay ceramics manufacturing. The extension would last until judicial review of the rules are completed.

“This committee prides itself on furthering solutions that make a difference for all Americans. Cumulatively, these four bills would alleviate the burden many small businesses and manufacturers face when it comes to implementing costly EPA rules and policies,” said Chairman Shimkus. “These solutions preserve jobs and investment in communities across the country and I’m looking forward to further examining these solutions on Wednesday.”

Electronic copies of the legislation and a background memo can be found on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s website here. Amendment text and vote tallies will be available at the same link as they are posted.

In September, #SubEnvironment held a legislative hearing on these bills.


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