Court Rules EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Overstepped Authority

MAPI Study Shows Manufacturers are Facing a Record Number of Regulations

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement on the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decision to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR):

“Costly and excessive regulations are harming manufacturers’ ability to compete. Today the federal court agreed that the EPA had overstepped its reach with the CSAPR regulation.

The CSAPR and Utility MACT regulations would cost an estimated 1.44 million jobs by 2020 and drive up energy prices nationwide by 11.5 percent. In fact, we have already begun to see the impact of CSAPR in plant closings and job losses. As users of one-third of our nation’s energy, manufacturers simply cannot afford these burdensome regulations while facing an unemployment rate of 8.3 percent.

As noted in a new study by MAPI today, manufacturers are facing more than 2,000 regulations, which have been imposed over the past three decades. EPA regulations lead the way, not only in number, but also in cost.
If manufacturers are to be the engine that drives our economy and creates jobs, we need action to reduce this regulatory burden and stop the EPA’s overreach.”

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