Commerce Department Cites EPA Permitting As Top Manufacturing Roadblock

The U.S. Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross reported yesterday that after reviewing the public comments submitted on regulatory and permitting reform in late March, the leading issue for U.S. manufacturers was burdensome EPA permit requirements.  Secretary Ross plans to submit the condensed findings from the comment process to President Trump shortly.  CPA had submitted comments to the Commerce Department that reflected a similar concern over air permitting and regulatory burdens, which have harmed the composite panel industry’s competitiveness while not providing measureable environmental or human health benefits.  CPA will submit comments along the same lines to EPA, which is holding a comparable regulatory reform process with comments due May 15.  See CPA Comments, NY Times article and EPA comment Opportunity.  More Info: Jackson Morrill


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