This bill would delay emissions standards impacting manufacturers of clay structural or ceramic products until judicial reviews of the rule are finalized and no longer subject to further review. It would also delay emissions standards impacting new residential wood and pellet stoves, hydronic heaters, and forced-air furnaces by three years, so they’d now take effect in 2023.
What is House Bill H.R. 1917?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 1917
In-Depth: This bill contains two separate bills that were merged in the Rules Committee — the Relief From New Source Performance Standards Act and the Blocking Regulatory Interference From Closing Kilns (BRICK) Act. The House Energy & Commerce Committee approved the former on a 31-23 vote and the latter on a 32-21 vote.
The lead sponsor of the new source performance standards relief bill, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) wrote:
“Wood stove manufacturers and consumers simply want to safely and effectively heat their homes during cold winters but further regulations on wood and pellet stoves will make this more difficult. This bipartisan bill will provide the time necessary to meet new requirements without penalizing manufacturers as they seek to make improvements for consumers using these stoves.”
Sponsoring Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) wrote of the BRICK Act:
“The majority of U.S. brick plants are small, family-owned operations, often located in small communities that depend on the plant for good-paying jobs… To comply with existing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements, these small businesses will be forced to borrow millions of dollars to pay for the required control equipment -- at a time when many of them are already struggling to find the capital for plant modernization projects. It will be extremely difficult for these companies to secure the needed investments to pay for new control equipment that would provide absolutely no return on investment.
House Democrats opposed these bills in committee, writing of the BRICK Act:
“H.R. 1917 sets an extremely bad precedent… Had Congress adopted a policy in the CAA that rulemakings would not be final until all court challenges and lawsuits had been resolved, the U.S. would not have realized the tremendous public health and environmental benefits that our country now enjoys. The CAA does provide judicial remedies. When properly petitioned, the courts already have ample power under federal statutes to stay agency rule in a myriad of instances.”
And they explained their opposition to the Relief from New Source Performance Standards Act:
“The industry has been aware of the need to innovate and produce cleaner, more efficient products for at least 15 years. No further delay is necessary. [This bill] punishes innovative manufacturers, undermines consumers’ fuel economy benefits, and jeopardizes public health.”
- Cosponsoring Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) Press Release
- Sponsoring Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) Press Release
- CBO Cost Estimate
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: sludgegulper via Flickr / Creative Commons)
Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns Act of 2017
To allow for judicial review of any final rule addressing national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants for brick and structural clay products or for clay ceramics manufacturing before requiring compliance with such rule.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
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- The house Passed March 7th, 2018Roll Call Vote 234 Yea / 180 Nay
Environment and Climate ChangeCommittee on Energy and CommerceIntroducedApril 5th, 2017
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