EPA Regulation of the Day: Stormwater Regulation
Quote of the Day: “Fundamentally we need the large emitters which is power plants, manufacturing, and the transportation sector to make a really substantial shirt away from fossil fuels.”- EPA Region 2 Administrator Juduth Enck
With Congress and the American people rejecting cap-and-trade, the Obama Administration has employed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to achieve similar ends. Delaying job-killing regulations until after the November election, the EPA is currently sitting on numerous proposed rules sure to increase the cost of energy.
A recent report from Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) unearths thirteen EPA regulations likely to hit American consumers should President Obama be re-elected.
Every single day until November 6, ATR will highlight a pending EPA regulation
Stormwater Regulation: $700-$865 million annually
From the Inhofe Report:
In 2009, EPA announced, as part of the Chesapeake Bay Settlement Agreement, that the agency would propose new nationwide stormwater rules by September 2010 with final action by November 2012. EPA’s advanced notice of proposed rulemaking proposed to expand the universe of federally regulated stormwater; establish a first time standard for post-construction stormwater runoff; require first time retrofit requirements on stormwater systems – which could include mandates on cities to change existing buildings, stormwater sewers, and streets; and mandate the use of “green infrastructure” techniques (like “green roofs,” rain gardens, permeable pavement) to replace conventional stormwater management practices. All this will put enormous cost burdens on states and municipalities and on anyone who owns property or wants to develop property. If the final rule does everything EPA has proposed, it could be the most expensive rule in EPA history. According to EPA’s website, the proposal has been punted until June 2013 and the final rule is due in December 2014.
Does your Senator want efficient, reliable energy?
Earlier this year the Senate voted to overturn one of the EPA’s most damaging regulations, the Utility MACT. If your Senator voted “Yes,” they wanted to repeal the Utility MACT; if they voted “Nay,” they voted to preserve the job-killing measure.