Whitfield Examines Two Bills to Counter EPA Overreach

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Energy and Power Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01) today examined two commonsense bills to counter the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulatory overreach.

H.R. 3797, the Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment (SENSE) Act, would make limited adjustments to EPA rules to ensure that the coal refuse-to-energy industry continues its vital mission of providing affordable energy and remediating formerly-polluted sites across coal producing regions.

H.R. ___, The Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns (BRICK) Act, would extend compliance requirements under the EPA’s “Brick MACT” rule until judicial review has been completed, protecting businesses and consumers from undue costs before the legality of the rule is determined.

“Both the SENSE Act and the BRICK Act provide specific solutions to specific problems created by EPA rules that directly threaten the continued operation of businesses in these important sectors of the economy,” said Chairman Whitfield. “These targeted provisions will be a net plus for the environment as well as the economy and jobs in many small communities.”

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