Sells says when regulators don’t listen to what businesses have to say, the result can be lawsuits that end up overturning new or revised regulations.
“One example is the Portland Cement NESHAP (National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants) rule finalized in 2010 which included some conditions that were technically unattainable,” he notes. “After various challenges this rule was reconsidered in 2013, but is now under legal challenges from environmental groups.”
Sells says Goodlatte’s bill would create more opportunities for regulators to consider input from the people and businesses they regulate.
“Often inconsistencies between regulations, or sometimes just lack of common sense, create complications for business without creating any additional benefit or protection intended by the regulation,” Sells says.
Rules on burning tires in cement kilns are an example.
“If a tire is from a state collection program, it is a legitimate fuel, but the exact same tire from a tire dump or landfill is solid waste, triggering a completely different set of regulations,” Sells notes.
Here’s video of Goodlatte and Sells: