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Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs

The Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs Division develops, implements, and advocates U.S. Chamber policy on issue areas of vital importance to the business community: environment, energy, natural resources, food safety, biotechnology, agriculture, technology, and regulatory processes.

Latest Reports

Sue and Settle Updated: Damage Done 2013-2016
May 2017

Sue and Settle Updated: Damage Done 2013-2016 updates the Chamber’s 2013 report, Sue and Settle: Regulating Behind Closed Doors. The study found that EPA increased its use of sue and settle agreements under the Clean Air Act since the last report. 

The EPA entered into 77 Clean Air Act consent decrees between 2013-2016 compared to 60 between 2009-2012. The sue and settle tactic allowed activist groups without meaningful public participation to reprioritize agency agendas and resources which in turn led to rules costing the economy billions of dollars annually.

Additionally, sue and settle agreements have increasingly been the root of federal rules that encroach on state and local level environmental decision making.

Taming the Administrative State: Identifying Regulations That Impact Jobs and the Economy
March 2017

This new study seeks to inform policymakers and the public about the number and type of regulations that impose the greatest impact on the business community, consumers, and ultimately the U.S. economy. 

The analysis, which examined federal rules finalized from 2008-2016, found that only 140 regulations out of more than 32,000 had costs exceeding $100 million.  Also, it found an even smaller number of 28 “high-impact rules” or regulations that each cost more than $1 billion annually. 

The report identifies the most costly and transformative regulations so that Congress and federal agencies are better able to develop a process that will ensure future regulations achieve congressional intent and avoid agency overreach.


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Recent Activity

Press ReleaseAug 02, 2017 - 4:45pm

U.S. Chamber Comment on Senate Resolution in Support of 5G Technology

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Environment, Technology, & Regulatory Affairs William Kovacs issued the following statement today following Senate introduction of a resolution in support of 5G technology:

Above the FoldJul 18, 2017 - 4:15pm
People walking out of the Federal Communications Commission headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Why Most Americans Stayed Neutral on the Internet Day of Action

Most Americans agree that net neutrality principles are good for the internet and for our economy.

LetterJul 18, 2017 - 9:45am

Multi-Association Letter to Congress Supporting H.R. 806 and S. 263, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act

Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Speaker Ryan, and Minority Leaders Schumer and Pelosi:

LetterJul 17, 2017 - 5:30pm

Key Vote Letter to House Supporting H.R. 806, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act


CommentJul 17, 2017 - 3:00pm

Comments to FCC on Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Development Proposal

To: Ms. Marlene DortchSecretaryFederal Communications Commission445 12th Street, NWWashington, DC 20554 Re: In the Matter of Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Development (WC Docket 17-84). Dear Ms. Dortch:

CommentJul 17, 2017 - 11:00am

Comments to FCC on Restoring Internet Freedom Proposed Rulemaking

To: Ms. Marlene DortchSecretaryFederal Communications Commission445 12th Street, NWWashington, DC 20554 Re: Restoring Internet Freedom (WC Docket No. 17-108) Dear Ms. Dortch:

CommentJul 14, 2017 - 11:15am

Comments to DOE on Request for Information on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING To: U.S. Department of EnergyOffice of the General Counsel1000 Independence Ave SW, Room 6A245Washington, DC 20585(Regulatory.Review@hq.doe.gov)

CommentJul 11, 2017 - 11:00am

Multi-Association Comments to EPA on Proposed Financial Responsibility Requirements under CERCLA 108(b) for the Hardrock Mining Industry

To: Barbara Foster and Michael Pease Program Implementation and Information Division Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery Mail Code 5303P U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, Dc 20460