Proposal to provide environment, public health benefits
In comments submitted this week on the Environmental Protection Agency’s New Source Review proposal, the National Association of Manufacturers urged the EPA “to continue efforts that will simplify the regulatory permitting process in a meaningful manner.”
During the current rulemaking, regulators are addressing debottlenecking, aggregation and project netting procedures to attempt to streamline the program.
“Doing so will enable industries and the administration to provide real benefits to the environment and public health,” said Bryan Brendle, NAM director of energy and resources policy. “Streamlining and clarifying the program will help our members implement projects that increase energy efficiency, reduce the intensity of air emissions and continue to improve the nation’s air quality.”
On a side note, Brendle expressed concern over the frequency with which federal regulators attempt to revise NSR and the subsequent legal troubles, which not only delay regulations but also create business uncertainty.
“I think we’ve reached a point where NSR reform, as well as other programs under the Clean Air Act, should be reformed through the legislative process,” Brendle said.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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