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EPA Emissions Regs Under Fire by Small Business

emissions-6The Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has failed to consider the impact of its proposed rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions on small businesses by violating a federal law that requires agencies to convene a a small business panel to review proposed regulations that have a significant impact on a large number of small entities, reports Business First of Buffalo.

Since 1996, EPA has convened 36 small business panels on proposed regulatory changes, including 12 related to the Clean Air Act, but did not convene a panel on its proposals to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, according to Business First of Buffalo.

Under the new proposed ruling, at least 1,200 small entities would have to purchase Clean Air Act operating permits for the first time, according to a statement filed by the SBA advocacy office, reports the New York Times.

Keith Holman, an attorney with the advocacy office, told the New York Times that impacted entities include brick manufacturers, small oil manufacturers and a number of town-owned municipal utilities.

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