U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., joined seven senators in sending a letter today to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy sharing concerns about recent findings that the EPA failed to adhere to the legal rulemaking process and properly consult with small businesses while developing a new regulation for carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. The letter was led by U.S. Senator David Vitter, R-La., Chairman of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee.
“Congress clearly intended for the Regulatory Flexibility Act to provide necessary protections to small businesses during the rulemaking process,” wrote the senators. “As EPA proceeds with implementation of the president’s controversial Clean Power Plan, we strongly urge the agency to work cooperatively with the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy and the small entity representatives. The integrity of this process – and the confidence that small entities have in it – requires no less.”
In today’s letter, the senators requested that Administrator McCarthy directly address the official conclusions released by the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Advocacy that EPA did not comply with the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) by showing up unprepared for Small Business Advocacy Review panel meetings and failing to provide adequate information that would allow small entity representatives to thoroughly examine the economic impact of EPA’s proposed carbon rule.
Earlier this week, Republican senators on the committee introduced legislation to improve the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) by eliminating loopholes in the law to ensure that federal agencies properly consult small businesses during the rulemaking process. Click here to read more.
Other senators who signed today’s letter include Sens. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Rand Paul, R-Ky., Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and Tim Scott, R-S.C.