These are our goals when it comes to government regulation and the rulemaking process. From Internet governance and healthcare, to financing and the workplace, to electricity generation and oil and gas production – excessive regulation is choking small businesses. Entrepreneurship, new business creation and job growth are suffering. The archaic and broken regulatory system needs reform. Everyone impacted by regulation needs a voice in the process, not just special interests. The lack of transparency and openness is also at the core of one of the most controversial rulemakings today: proposed revisions to ozone regulations, which the EPA is scheduled to update in 2015.
The Center for Regulatory Solutions will educate the American public about the burdens and consequences of over-regulation on the economy. We will also seek to improve the rulemaking process, so that small business owners and those impacted by regulations are treated fairly. Small business owners and entrepreneurs must have a voice to ensure their needs and concerns are heard, and acted upon. This will be an essential part of our mission, because all too often, rulemakings are manipulated by certain special interests, and as a result, sound science and the rule of law give way to politics and ideology. It will be the Center’s job to expose this tendency, and make the rulemaking process more open and transparent. With your help, we will ensure regulators are held accountable for their decisions.
CRS: EPA Ignores Stakeholder Concerns, Nominates Insider to Serve on CASAC
In the face of criticism from Capitol Hill and others across the country, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doubled down and nominated Donna Kenski, a tried and true Administration ally, to serve again on the Clean Air Science Advisory Committee (CASAC). In doing so, EPA ignored nearly one hundred comments that supported qualified candidates who would have brought both a fresh perspective and balance to a committee that has long been accused of being insular and out of touch.
“The Obama-EPA’s decision to retain Donna Kenski to serve on a second term on CASAC demonstrates that the Agency does not care about independent voices and fresh perspectives,” said Karen Kerrigan, on behalf of the Center for Regulatory Solutions (CRS), a project of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council. “Remember, the EPA had numerous, highly qualified nominees to choose from. This decision proves that CASAC is simply a tool of the EPA – with candidates selected on their predisposition to agree with EPA’s predetermined conclusions.”
CASAC was established by Congress to provide independent advice to the EPA Administrator on the scientific and technical bases of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone and other pollutants. However, many in Congress argue that that CASAC is not independent from EPA. Of the nominees before the agency, Dr. Robert Blanz with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Mr. Craig Butler of the Ohio EPA, Dr. Michael Honeycutt of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Dr. Jim Boylanof the Georgia Department of Natural Resource, and Mr. Tom Moore with the Western States Air Resources Council, each represented an opportunity for EPA to select a candidate who would have improved CASAC’s understanding of the challenges currently unrepresented states are facing as a result of EPA’s controversial new ozone standard.
Instead, Administrator McCarthy selected Donna Kenski – someone who has already served a three year term on CASAC and already expressed her belief that the Ozone NAAQS should be lowered to an unattainable 60 parts per billion. Clearly, EPA’s selection does nothing to bring a fresh perspective or balance to the controversial panel.
The Center for Regulatory Solutions is a project of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, a 501c(4) advocacy, research, education and networking organization dedicated to protecting small business and promoting entrepreneurship. For twenty-three years, SBE Council has worked to educate elected officials, policymakers, business leaders and the public about policies that enable business start-up and growth.