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SBE Council Applauds Final EPA Rule Strengthening Transparency and Consistency in CAA Rulemakings

By at 10 December, 2020, 2:46 pm

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For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. – On December 9, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a final rule on “Increasing Consistency and Transparency in Considering Benefits and Costs in the Clean Air Act (CAA) Rulemaking Process.” The Small Business & Entrepreneurship (SBE Council) submitted comments on July 1, 2020, in support of the proposed framework. The following statement can be attributed to SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan on the announcement of the final rule:

“The final rule announced by EPA Administrator Wheeler includes common-sense practices that will benefit small businesses and the public at large. A consistent best-practice framework for CAA rulemakings will produce better regulations and strengthen the regulatory system not only for small businesses but all Americans. This is especially timely for small businesses that have survived the economic shock of the pandemic and are working toward recovery and growth. Regulation imposes a disproportionate impact on small businesses, and the EPA’s approach in ensuring benefits-cost analyses principles apply to both major rules and ‘those that would disproportionately affect an industry, group or area’ or ‘those that are novel or relevant for other policy reasons’ takes that impact into account.

“Consistent standards in CAA rulemakings that employ best available science and transparency in data used for analysis is simply good government.  As I noted in comments to the EPA on the proposed rule:

Transparency with respect to the underlying data used in analysis is a positive development that will invite discussion and healthy debate, which we believe is a good thing when developing major regulation impacting the lives and possible livelihoods of many Americans.

“SBE Council is appreciate of Chairman Wheeler’s leadership and support for small businesses with regard to this important regulatory initiative.”

CONTACT: Karen Kerrigan, kkerrigan@sbecouncil.org

SBE Council is nonpartisan advocacy, research and education organization dedicated to protecting small business and promoting entrepreneurship. For 25 years, SBE Council has worked on and advanced a range of private sector and public policy initiatives to strengthen the ecosystem for strong startup activity and small business growth. Visit www.sbecouncil.org for additional information. Twitter: @SBECouncil

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