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Following last week’s introduction by Senator Jim Inhofe of a disapproval resolution regarding EPA’s Utility MACT rule, a number of groups have stepped forward to offer comments on the senator’s efforts. Among these are organizations are the US Chamber of Commerce, Industrial Energy Consumers of America, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Western Business Roundtable, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, and the 60 Plus Association. PACE published its own statement late last week.

“This may be our only opportunity to secure meaningful Senate debate on Utility MACT and to upend EPA’s unreasonable compliance deadline,” said U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten. “A successful Resolution of Disapproval is a strong remedy but would nonetheless allow EPA to issue new mercury-only emissions standards for power plants, and would allow Congress to address power plant mercury emissions through reasonable legislation.”

“Manufacturers are looking to Washington for policies to enable investment, growth and job creation, not more burdensome regulations from the EPA and other agencies,” said the National Association of Manufacturers in a written statement. “Sen. Inhofe’s effort to repeal the Utility MACT rule will help give manufacturers more certainty while stopping an extremely harmful regulation.”

“Utility MACT will have massive impacts on the nation’s economy and could negatively impact electricity reliability,” said Holly Propst, Executive Director of the Western Business Roundtable. “We are grateful for Senator Inhofe’s leadership on this issue and urge his Senate colleagues to join him in formally disapproving EPA’s action.”

Click below to read statements and letters regarding the disapproval resolution (listed alphabetically).

Statement from 60 Plus Association
Statement from American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity
Letter from Caterpillar
Letter from Industrial Energy Consumers of America
Statement from National Association of Manufacturers
Petition for Review from National Black Chamber of Commerce
Statement from US Chamber of Commerce
Statement from Western Business Roundtable