Manufacturers Applaud Senate Action on Waters Regulation

Protecting Our Nation’s Waters Remains a Priority, but This Regulation Is Not the Solution

Washington, D.C., November 4, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy Ross Eisenberg issued the following statement after the Senate passed legislation to halt the costly and burdensome “Waters of the United States” rule:

“Today, the Senate took a step toward ensuring and protecting manufacturing growth, productivity and competitiveness as the Obama Administration seeks to expand its regulatory reach to manmade and isolated features—even if they are usually dry or too small to appear on a map. This burdensome, costly and expansive regulation is yet another example of an unbalanced regulation placed squarely on the backs of manufacturers.

“Protecting our nation’s waters is a priority for manufacturers, but we need a balanced regulatory approach that yields a regulation consistent with law and policy. The final waters rule does not meet this standard. Manufacturers will continue to fight this regulation in the courts and will support Congress as it seeks to send this rule back to the Obama Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.”

For more information about this regulation and its impact on manufacturers, visit our website.


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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.09 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.