The Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs Division develops, implements, and advocates U.S. Chamber policy on issue areas of vital importance to the business community: environment, energy, natural resources, food safety, biotechnology, agriculture, technology, and regulatory processes.
This new study from the U.S. Chamber, The Growing Burden of Unfunded EPA Mandates on the States, describes how the relationship between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the states has devolved into a system where states are forced to implement more and more federal environmental programs with progressively less money from federal sources. If EPA continues on this path, it could force a collapse of co-operative federalism which would be a disaster for the administration of environmental law.
The report unveils new research on federal-to-state funding levels, identifies prime examples of recent regulations stressing state environmental agencies, and offers specific recommendations to Congress that will preserve federal/state cooperation.
"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.
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
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
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.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports the “Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment (HONEST) Act of 2017” and the “EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2017.” These bills would improve the transparency and reliability of scientific and technical information that Federal agencies rely heavily upon to support new regulatory actions.
We, the undersigned organizations and trade associations, thank the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee for holding its oversight hearing of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) and congratulate Commissioner Ajit Pai on his designation as Chairman.
We oppose the FCC's midnight Broadband Privacy Rule, which was adopted just days before last year’s election, and urge Congress to use the Congressional Review Act (“CRA”) to disapprove this innovation-inhibiting regulation.
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