Environment

The Chamber strongly supports continued environmental improvements, including sensible approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We believe that economic growth and environmental progress are not mutually exclusive goals. In fact, the United States is the only major country that has actually and substantially reduced its C02 emissions while continuing to grow our economy. To make further progress, we should be guided by what has already worked: gains in efficiency, new technologies, and the increased use of natural gas and renewable fuels.

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Our Position

A technology-based approach to environmental progress that focuses on becoming more energy efficient and lowering the cost of alternatives plays to America's strengths in innovation. Conversely, a heavy-handed regulatory approach that smothers the U.S. economy in massive costs, puts people out of work, and hands an economic advantage to U.S. competitors is not an effective or viable environmental strategy.    

The Chamber supports commonsense policies that balance environmental improvement with economic growth. We:

  • Support efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a comprehensive legislative solution that does not harm the economy, recognizes that the problem is international in scope, and aggressively promotes new technologies and efficiency.
     
  • Champion efforts by industry to develop energy-efficient and low-emissions technologies and export them to the developing world, where the bulk of new greenhouse gas emissions are expected to occur.
     
  • Oppose EPA efforts to regulate greenhouse gases under the existing Clean Air Act.
     
  • Urge Congress and the executive branch to use the full $80 billion available to the Energy Savings Performance Contracts program, an energy-efficient retrofit program for federal buildings that requires virtually no up-front taxpayer cost but that has been drastically underutilized. 
     
  • Wish to revitalize the Endangered Species Act to improve success in recovering species, and promote cooperative partnerships between the federal government and landowners to reduce the law's burden on local economies.
     
  • Want to help implement newly-passed laws modernizing energy and infrastructure project permitting by coordinating the review process among stakeholders and establishing a timeframe for decision making.  

 

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Report

"Sue and Settle" refers to when a federal agency agrees to a settlement agreement, in a lawsuit from special interest groups, to create priorities and rules outside of the normal rulemaking process. The agency intentionally relinquishes statutory discretion by committing to timelines and priorities that often realign agency duties. These settlement agreements are negotiated behind closed doors with no participation from the public or affected parties.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 3:30pm
Comment

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING

TO: Dr. Jeffery Morris
Acting Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (7407M)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20460-0001

RE: Procedures for Prioritization of Chemicals for Risk Evaluation Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (82 Fed. Reg. 4,825) (January 17, 2017); Docket Nos. EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0636; FRL-9957-74; RIN: 2070-AK23

Dear Dr. Morris:

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 4:15pm
Comment

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING

TO: Dr. Jeffery Morris
Acting Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (7407M)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20460-0001

RE: Procedures for Chemical Risk Evaluation Under the Amended Toxic Substances Control Act (82 Fed. Reg. 7,562) (January 19, 2017); Docket Nos. EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0654; FRL-9957-75; RIN: 2070-AK20

Dear Dr. Morris:

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 4:15pm
Comment

TO: Ms. Sheila Canavan
Mail Code 7405M
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics
William Jefferson Clinton Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20460

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 3:30pm
Press Release

Rulemaking Under Previous Administration was Rushed, Lacked Transparency and Full Participation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Environment, Technology, & Regulatory Affairs William Kovacs issued the following statement today after the Trump administration announced it is re-opening a review of vehicle fuel efficiency standards through Model Year 2025:

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 2:00pm
Comment

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING

TO: Dr. Jeffery Morris
Acting Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (7407M)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20460-0001

RE: TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Requirements (82 Fed. Reg. 4,255) (January 13, 2017); Docket Nos. EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0426; FRL-9956-28; RIN: 2070-AK24

Dr. Morris:

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 4:15pm
Litigation Update

The U.S. Chamber filed a petition for review with the D.C. Circuit, seeking review of an EPA regulation that imposes stringent new air permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act’s “regional haze” program.

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 9:30am
Letter

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports H.J. Res. 44, which would repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s Planning 2.0 rule, and will consider including votes related to it in our 2017 How They Voted scorecard.

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 5:30pm
Press Release

Business Community Pleased to See “Federal Land Grab” Reconsidered

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Environment, Technology, & Regulatory Affairs William Kovacs issued the following statement today after President Trump signed an executive order instructing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to reconsider a 2015 regulation often referred to as the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule:

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 3:00pm