What They’re Saying … About the EPA’s Utility MACT Rule and Senate Joint Resolution 37

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Business, labor and consumer groups, as well as governors, are voicing their support for Senator Inhofe’s resolution to disapprove the EPA’s Utility MACT (or MATS) regulation, a new EPA regulation that will drive up energy costs unnecessarily and destroy American jobs.  Business groups representing 80 percent of the U.S. economy support the resolution, which is expected to be voted on by the U.S. Senate tomorrow.  The purpose of the resolution is to make sure EPA writes a reasonable rule to replace its Utility MACT regulation.

 

“The significant cost and unrealistic compliance period of the Utility MACT rule will have a major negative impact on job creation and consumer demand for products and services.”

            -Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America

 

“…the UMWA cannot, and will not, support legislation or regulations that eliminate coal as an option to generate electricity.  In our opinion, EPA’s final National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants from Coal and Oil Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units (MATS) does just that: eliminates coal as an option for new electric generation facilities.”

            -United Mine Workers of America

 

“The rule, which was finalized by the EPA in February, is the most expensive in U.S. history, with an estimated cost of $90 billion. This cost will be passed down to energy consumers, such as small businesses. At a time when small businesses are being asked to help create jobs – two-thirds of the net new job growth in the United States is from small businesses – asking these companies to substantially increase the amount they spend on energy is a burden they cannot shoulder.”

            -National Federation of Independent Businesses

 

“Under several rules directly impacting power plants, electricity costs will increase by more than 10 percent in some of the largest manufacturing regions of our nation, resulting in a loss of 1.65 million jobs by 2020, according to the National Economic Research Associates. In addition, there will likely be serious grid reliability issues as coal-fired power plants are taken off-line. So far, 169 coal-fired electricity generating units in 21 states are expected to be taken off-line by 2015 due to Utility MACT and other rules.”

            -National Association of Manufacturers

 

“Seniors on fixed incomes cannot afford higher electricity prices. Period. Higher energy prices are especially harmful to energy intensive manufacturers that provide good paying jobs and improve the overall economy … MATS is a bad rule and passing S.J. Res. 37 is necessary to assure that EPA writes a sensible rule.”

            -The 60 Plus Association

 

“We, the people of the Affordable Power Alliance, would like to see the United States Congress take swift and decisive action to put an end to the abuse of political power that looms behind the EPA’s anti-energy Utility MACT Rule. We ask that Congress restore our peoples’ ability to create an economy based on access to the natural resources, particularly energy resources, which are an integral part of our custom, culture, tradition, and right to the pursuit of happiness.”

            -Affordable Power Alliance

 

“The EPA Utility MAT regulation is forecasted to result in unprecedented costs of $90 billion – all of which will be passed onto electricity consumers. To put this in perspective, from 2005 to 2010, U.S. electricity prices rose by $71.8 billion. The increased cost of the regulation will impact manufacturing competitiveness, jobs and exports.”

            -Industrial Energy Consumers of America

 

“… [W]e believe the MATS rule is fatally flawed.  This is because it fails to achieve any significant reduction in mercury (since by the EPA’s own admission, power plant emissions ‘are a small fraction of the total mercury emitted globally’), while imposing enormous costs on our citizens which are likely to impede our significant economic development efforts.”

            -West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

 

“Of the just under 1,400 electric generating units (EGUs) at 580 power plants comprising our nation’s coal-fired fleet, approximately 169 EGUs, totaling over 27 gigawatts (GW) of electricity, have been announced for retirement due specifically to EPA regulations.  By comparison, EPA’s computer modeling of this rule combined with the EPA-issued Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) projected only 9.5 GW of coal plant retirements due to both rules … PJM, the regional transmission organization tasked with ensuring electric grid reliability throughout the Mid-Atlantic, has stated that these announced retirements will create ‘significant reliability concerns’ in our region.”

            -Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell