WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued the following statement regarding today's mark-up of the Regulatory Accountability Act (S. 951) by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The bill aims to modernize the process federal agencies use when they write the regulations that most significantly affect the lives of all Americans. It was introduced by Sens. Rob Portman (OH) and Heidi Heitkamp (ND).
“The wood products industry has met many costly regulatory challenges over the years, spending hundreds of millions of dollars as part of its efforts to protect the environment. However, some of these costly rules – such as aspects of Boiler MACT and Wood MACT – were not scientifically supported and provided little, if any, benefit. The cumulative regulatory burden on American manufacturing has become unsustainable and works counter to investment, capital planning and job creation and we are only asking that the government implement rules that have undergone a more rigorous assessment of their costs and benefits.
“It is common sense to examine the cost of regulations and the quality of scientific and economic analyses used to support them. AWC thanks Senators Portman and Heitkamp for their leadership and urges the Senate to act quickly on the Regulatory Accountability Act.”