Is There an Environmental Regulatory “Onslaught”?

Kathleen Hartnett White, writing for the Texas Public Policy Foundation says, “The U.S. economy, struggling to find a path back to sustained growth, stands in the cross-hairs of the Environmental Protection Agency’s heavy-handed regulatory onslaught. EPA, under the Obama administration, is churning out new rules unprecedented in speed, number, scope, stringency and costs.”

Ms White, a Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence and Director for the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment also writes, “Never in its 40-year history has EPA simultaneously promulgated so many major environmental rules characterized by converging effective dates, massive compliance costs, and mandates exceeding existing technological controls. Nor has EPA before relied on such speculative, manipulated science to justify this most aggressive regulatory agenda to date.”

 The 20-page paper provides a critique of 10 EPA rules

 1. Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR);

2. Electric Utility Maximum Available Control Technology

Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (Utility MACT);

3. Industrial Boiler MACT;

4. Portland Cement Kiln MACT;

5. Cooling Water Intake Structure Rule (CWIS);

6. Coal Combustion Residuals Rule (CCR);

7. Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS);

8. Particulate Matter (PM) NAAQS;

9. Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Regulation of Stationary Sources;

10. GHG Regulation of Mobile Sources

The document can be found here http://www.texaspolicy.com/pdf/2012-02-RR01-EPAsApproachingRegulatoryAvalanche-ACEE-KathleenHartnettWhite.pdf

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