Committee Assigned to RPM Act Holds EPA Regulatory Activity Hearing

Jul 6, 2016

The House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing Wednesday to review the EPA’s regulatory activity during the Obama Administration. The same subcommittee is part of the Energy and Commerce Committee, which will ultimately decide the fate of the RPM Act. The RPM Act was introduced in March to protect motorsports from any future regulatory action by the EPA.

Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Kentucky) is the chairman of Subcommittee on Energy and Power.

“During my chairmanship, we have held 40 hearings that have looked at various EPA rules and proposals that affect-or will affect-the nation’s energy and industrial sectors,” Whitfield said in a news release. “These are the critical sectors for ensuring our nation’s economic productivity and prosperity. The costs and burdens of EPA’s unrelenting rulemaking upon these sectors have been a constant concern.”

Whitfield’s statement included comments regarding the Clean Air Act:

“The Administration and EPA’s Administrator admit the goal is to reduce massively the use of fossil fuels-but that is not the purpose of the Clean Air Act. Congress did not write the Clean Air Act to be the vehicle for taking command of state energy planning, the efficient and economical dispatch of electricity, or the production of oil and gas,” he said. “Congress did not write the Clean Air Act to provide EPA with the ability to create new regulatory powers and authorities so it can ‘transform’ the nation’s energy system. Yet, this agency is pursuing these actions.”

The Subcommittee on Energy and Power on Wednesday held two panels to discuss the regulatory issues and their practical impacts on states and the energy and industrial sectors. One of the panels included Acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe, who testified on EPA’s regulatory activity.

“Ultimately, it will be up to Congress to ensure EPA stays in its statutory lane for environmental standard setting,” Whitfield said. “It will also be up to Congress to take a holistic look at the statutes that govern our energy and electricity markets, and energy policy-to ensure our laws enable a growing, productive economy.”

Click to read Whitfield’s entire statement.