Supreme Court Decision a Win for Manufacturers

Manufacturers Need Dependable Energy to Remain Competitive

Washington, D.C., June 29, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers Senior Vice President and General Counsel Linda Kelly issued the below statement in response to the Supreme Court decision in Michigan v. EPA. The Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA) filed an amicus brief supporting the challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision not to consider costs before deciding to regulate; as users of one-third of the nation’s energy, manufacturers are uniquely harmed by regulations that impact energy costs and reliability.

“Today, the Supreme Court called out the EPA for a systematic problem—failure to appropriately consider costs—that the agency has repeatedly used to issue overly aggressive regulations that place manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage. Manufacturers, as energy users and producers, depend on a reliable energy supply to remain competitive and face a suite of additional pending regulations, such as ozone and greenhouse gases, that will further burden them. Manufacturers look to today’s victory as a sign of progress and will continue to lead the way to promote a more environmentally sustainable future, but we need a balanced approach to regulations that considers both costs and benefits to continue to create jobs and economic growth. Today’s decision puts the EPA on notice that when it refuses to follow the rules, manufacturers and the MCLA will take action.”

To learn more about the costs of environmental regulations on manufacturers, click here, and for more information about the MCLA, visit our website.



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