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Inhofe Comments on EPA's Decision to Suspend Boiler MACT Rules

"In reality, they had no choice."

Washington, D.C.- Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today issued the following statement following the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) announcement that it will suspend the implementation of its "Boiler MACT" rule.

"Given the strong opposition to the Obama-EPA Boiler MACT rules, it is hardly surprising that the administration is suspending their implementation," Senator Inhofe said. "In reality, they had no choice. This rule imposes requirements that are unachievable for, among others, manufacturers, universities, and municipalities that rely on boilers for power and heat. The requirements put thousands of jobs at risk and could force many manufacturing plants to close their doors.

"The Boiler MACT suspension is the latest in a string of regulatory delays. Make no mistake, the Obama-EPA has every intention of implementing its regulatory agenda, but even this administration understands that these rules will significantly damage a weak economy, raise energy prices on consumers, and cost jobs. If President Obama didn't take these steps, he would likely lose his own job.

"As the EPA reconsiders the Boiler MACT rules, I will work to ensure the many problems are addressed.  Congress may still need to weigh in with a legislative fix."