Manufacturing industry opposes new methane regulation

The National Association of Manufacturers opposes new federal regulations with methane.
The National Association of Manufacturers opposes new federal regulations with methane. | File photo
National Association of Manufacturers Director of Energy and Resources Policy Greg Bertelsen released a statement this week that explained the organization's position on the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly proposed methane regulation.

“Today’s proposed rule adds to a growing suite of regulations that threaten manufacturers’ energy advantage by increasing costs and making it more difficult to access the resources needed to fuel our facilities," Bertelson wrote. "We are now just over one month away from a final ozone rule that could be the most expensive regulation in U.S. history, and today’s proposed action could significantly exacerbate those costs for manufacturers."

The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the U.S., representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states.

“Manufacturers need increased access to reliable and affordable energy to foster innovation, encourage new investments and remain competitive in today’s global economy," he wrote. "This proposed regulation, coupled with the administration’s planned ozone rule and final greenhouse gas rules for power plants, will have the opposite effect.” 

Manufacturing employs more than 14 million men and women, contributes $2.09 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development.


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