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New EPA Boiler Rule Could Kill 800K Jobs

From Fox News:


Inhofe Says EPA’s New Boiler Rule Could Kill Nearly 800,000 Manufacturing Jobs

Published September 28, 2010

The top Republican on a Senate environmental panel released a scathing report Tuesday that he contends shows that the Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposed rule on cleaning up boilers nationwide could devastate America’s manufacturing base and imperil hundreds of thousands of jobs without providing any real public health or environmental benefits.

In June, the EPA issued a proposal that would force industrial, commercial and institutional boilers and heaters to use "maximum achievable control technology" to reduce harmful emissions that erode air quality and pose a public health risk.

The proposed rule covers industrial boilers used in manufacturing, processing, mining, refining and commercial boilers used in malls, laundries, apartments, restaurants and hotels, the report from Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma reads.

The agency, which is required to finalize the proposal by Dec. 16, has argued that implementing the rule would prevent 1,900 to 4,800 premature deaths in 2013 by reducing pollutants like dioxin, mercury and carbon monoxide, which are known or suspected to cause cancer and other serious health and environmental effects.

The EPA also lists a series of other benefits, including a reduction in asthma, bronchitis, heart attacks, hospital visits and lost work days. The agency says the value of the benefits ranges from $17 billion to $41 billion in 2013 alone — outweighing the costs of implementing the new rule by at least $14 billion.

But the Inhofe report — written by the Senate Environment and Public Works minority staff titled and titled "EPA’s Anti-Industrial Policy: Threatening Jobs and America’s Manufacturing Base," — found that the proposed rule, known as "Boiler MACT," could put nearly 800,000 jobs at risk over requirements on commercial and industrial boilers, cement plans and ozone standards…

That’s because the proposed standards are so stringent that not even the best performing sources can meet them, according to the Industrial Energy Consumers of America, (IECA), an industry group that represents companies with 750,000 employees and $800 billion in sales and is cited in the report.

The IECA is "enormously concerned that the high costs of this proposed rule will leave companies no recourse but to shut down the entire facility, not just the boiler," the report reads

The report comes one day after a bipartisan group of 41 senators and a month after a group of a 100 bipartisan House members wrote a letter to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson strongly condemning the agency’s proposed rule to clean up industrial boilers

Among the lawmakers who signed the letter were several endangered House and Senate Democrats from manufacturing states.

How dare Congress stand up to a government agency? Do they think they are the only people who are supposed to write this nation’s laws?

Besides, isn’t it the EPA’s mission to destroy the US economy?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “New EPA Boiler Rule Could Kill 800K Jobs”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    When China does it maybe we can consider it.
    Until then …………… BITE ME!!

  2. Right of the People says:

    Why does the EPA still exist? And why is it their regulations seem to only apply to stuff manufactured here but not to imports?

  3. U NO HOO says:

    “Besides, isn’t it the EPA’s mission to destroy the US economy?”

    Short answer: Yes

    Long answer: YES

  4. proreason says:

    ” the Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposed rule on cleaning up boilers nationwide could devastate America’s manufacturing base and imperil hundreds of thousands of jobs without providing any real public health or environmental benefits. ”

    well, duhhhh

  5. fallingpianos says:

    The totalitarian EPA of today stands as a stark reminder of why the Republican party should never, ever compromise with Democrats (communists).

  6. P. Aaron says:

    DEMS Kills Jobs DEAD!


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