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February 02, 2012


W. Randall Rawson

NOT ALL BUSINESS GROUPS WANT TO DELAY OR DERAIL THE ICI BOILER MACT RULES! The 100+ small-business domestic manufacturer and supplier members of the American Boiler Manufacturers Association (ABMA) -- the companies that actually design, manufacture and supply the commercial, institutional, industrial boilers and combustion equipment in question -- is fighting to oppose S. 1392 and H. R. 2250, the EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 – or any similar legislation -- and asking Members of Congress to resist adding the language of either as part of any payroll tax holiday extension, tax-extender or as part of any appropriations bills coming before the House this year. We are encouraging the Congress to let the existing rulemaking process within EPA as envisioned by the December-proposed Reconsideration Rules go forward without Congressional interference. Further delays in the rulemaking process – as mandated by S. 1392 and H. R. 2250 -- will not result in improved rules or insulate the rules from future litigation; further delay of 15 or more months only means continued uncertainty and will yield no new jobs, no economic growth, no cleaner air or any more affordable ultimate compliance options than are now feasible and readily available from existing sources. The types of clean, efficient, fuel-flexible, affordable and technologically-advanced products and equipment that can be supplied by the U. S. boiler manufacturing industry are critically important for long-term public health, environmental quality and business stability.

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