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EPA Cost-Benefit Proposal Addresses Longstanding Distortion of Clean Air Act Rulemaking Process



June 4, 2020 - The National Mining Association (NMA) today issued the following statement from Rich Nolan, NMA President & CEO, following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of a much-anticipated proposed rule to improve the agency’s process for evaluating costs and benefits when promulgating regulations under the Clean Air Act.

“For too long the cost-benefit analysis has been distorted to overstate the benefits of certain rules solely to achieve political rather than environmental ends. In many cases, the EPA touted the co-benefits from pollutants that are already regulated under other rules – a double-counting that should have no place in consistent and transparent rulemakings – while also undervaluing the cost of regulatory compliance. Today’s proposed rule provides a pathway for a more reasonable regulatory process necessary to support the economic recovery that our nation is working towards.”