Clean Air Act costs

Texas state representatives are asking for details about compliance costs for 40 proposed or finalized Clean Air Act regulations, according to Public Power Daily.

Reps. Joe Barton, R-Texas, and Michael Burgess, R-Texas, said in a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson they are concerned about the pace at which EPA is issuing regulatory proposals under the Clean Air Act.

“We are also concerned about the billions of dollars in new costs, as well as the workability of a number of the proposed new rules,” the letter said.

The representatives said the agency’s own compliance costs estimates, to the extent they are available, identify at least eight rules that could cost more than $1 billion each, including:

· Proposed ozone standards at $19 to 90 billion annually;

· Final nitrogen dioxide national ambient air quality standard, $3.6 billion in 2020; and

· Final sulfur dioxide standard, $1.5 billion in 2020.

Republican staff also produced a chart identifying some 40 proposed or finalized Clean Air Act regulations, as well as regulations in the pre-proposal stages. Barton and Burgess said they also want to know if the cost estimates in the chart are accurate. If not, they asked the agency to provide projected compliance costs as well as any additional regulations.

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