Frank York, EPA Abuse
Today, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is holding a hearing titled “Lights Out II: Another Look At EPA’s Utility MACT Rule.”
In a hearing preview statement from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), he notes:
Today, government regulators are poised to enact a new set of rules that could dramatically increase the cost that consumers and job creators pay for energy. The Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is projected to cost utilities and power generators $10.9 billion in compliance costs every year…Hundreds of thousands of jobs will be jeopardized in the Midwest and Appalachia at a time when scarce resources should be used for job creation, not regulatory compliance. It is estimated that more than 1.5 million job years will be lost by 2020 as a result of the proposed Utility MACT rules…
Today’s hearing will give the Oversight Committee and the public a forum to assess EPA’s rulemaking process, hold the agency accountable for its decisions, and understand what action is needed in the future to ensure that the regulatory process works with—not against—job creators an consumers.