Over the past several years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has undertaken an aggressive regulatory agenda, proposing a substantial number of new regulatory initiatives. In the coming year, significant portions of the agenda are expected to continue as the Administration presses ahead to finalize its chosen priorities and continues moving forward with those driven by statute (i.e., periodic reviews of standards required by the Clean Air Act) and court-ordered deadlines. In addition, the EPA is expected to continue its regulatory rulemaking activities in many program areas, including the iron and steel sector. AISI will continue to engage the Agency as it pushes ahead with new and revised regulations in a number of program areas, including air, water, toxic chemicals, and solid waste.

AISI currently interacts with the EPA on numerous rules that may have significant impacts on steel manufacturers. For example, the Agency is currently undertaking a number of actions in the air program ranging from reviewing and strengthening ambient air quality standards for criteria pollutants – which includes an unprecedented reliance on conservative modeling assumptions for decision making instead of actual monitoring data – to the imposition of lower emission limits for major stationary sources like iron and steel facilities. Many of these new regulations will create permitting obstacles for investment in new and renovated facilities and impose significant additional costs on domestic steel producers as well as other energy intensive industries.

Industry Position: The ongoing development of multiple new environmental regulations could create severe competitive disadvantages to U.S. industry and endanger manufacturing jobs. Congress should examine the impact of proposed environmental regulations on industrial competitiveness, require adequate cost/benefit analysis, and encourage greater transparency and industry access to the regulatory development process at EPA and state agencies.  More »

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Scrap, both in the steel mill and at manufacturing plants where steel is shaped and cut, are always sent back and recycled to make a new batch of steel. And gases produced in the steelmaking process are recycled into the system to heat up the furnace, reducing the need for additional energy.