AISI Urges Congress To Block EPA’s Plan To Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Stationary Sources In FY2011 Funding Process

Washington, D.C., 12/1/2010 - Joining with other leading industrial groups on a letter sent to Capitol Hill, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) urged Congress to include in appropriations legislation a moratorium on EPA greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations for stationary sources, such as steel plants.

As Congress considers a long-term Continuing Resolution (CR) or omnibus spending bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, the letter requested that EPA be prevented from instituting harmful regulations on stationary sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA), currently poised to begin January 2, 2011.  This regulatory path will be economically detrimental to American manufacturing, including the steel sector, and will not result in a reduction in GHG emissions, as overseas competitors will continue to increase their emissions, according to AISI.

“EPA’s GHG rules will stifle job growth and further burden State budgets already hampered by the slow revenue growth and increased costs,” the letter stated.  Although EPA has recently released guidance to permitting authorities on determining best available control technology (BACT), the letter continued, …the guidance still creates considerable uncertainty, which jeopardizes U.S. job. … We need real action to delay the EPA implementation, and we encourage your strong support for funding restrictions on EPA’s stationary source rules, the letter stated.

Click here to read the letter.

AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice.  AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology.  AISI is comprised of 24 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 140 associate and affiliate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry.  AISI's member companies represent approximately 80 percent of both U.S. and North American steel capacity.  For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI’s Web site at www.steel.org.

Contact:
Nancy Gravatt
Vice President, Communications
American Iron and Steel Institute
Tel: 202.452.7115