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Press Release Published: Dec 9, 2020

Comer & Green Commend Trump Administration for Improving Transparency and Accountability in Future Clean Air Act Rulemakings

WASHINGTON – Today, House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) and Environment Subcommittee Ranking Member Mark Green (R-Tenn.) released the following statements on the finalization of a rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) aimed at improving future rulemakings under the Clean Air Act. The announcement establishes clear requirements for the completion of thorough cost-benefit analyses for significant Clean Air Act rules, which will ensure consistent procedures that help the EPA produce net benefits when it develops these rules.

“Thanks to the great leadership of President Trump and Administrator Wheeler, future significant rulemakings under the Clean Air Act will now come with much needed transparency,  accountability, and common sense” said Ranking Member Comer. “Americans deserve to fully understand the costs and benefits of any regulatory action taken by the federal government. Administrator Wheeler and the EPA should be commended for solidifying a transparent and fair process for local communities, states, industry, and the American people. Under the Trump Administration’s leadership, we have proven to the world that the United States can continue to be a world leader in growing our economy while simultaneously improving our air quality.”

“From day one of his Administration, President Trump has been a champion of cutting regulations and red tape, and I applaud this move by President Trump and Administrator Wheeler to create a more fair and transparent process at the Environmental Protection Agency. The federal government owes the American people full transparency when developing rules that impact lives and livelihoods. With this action, the EPA will be required to analyze the costs and benefits of its rulemakings under the Clean Air Act and share that analysis with the communities and industries impacted by its decisions. I applaud this step to prioritize clean air while curbing the EPA’s vast regulatory overreach,” said Environment Subcommittee Ranking Member Mark Green.