By next week, the United States Senate could vote on a resolution, spearheaded by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) that seeks to block the EPA from enforcing its new mercury/toxic pollution standards designed to clean up (mainly) coal-fired power plants.
Now, Senator Inhofe has some support in the form of a letter sent by the National Association of Manufacturers and signed by the companies listed below.
Now, we know some of those signing the letter (for example, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, American Electric Power and Peabody Energy) know full well what's going on. But do you think all these companies understand that the cleanup could prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths a year? http://epa.gov/mats/health.html#impacts
June 8, 2012
We write to urge you to support S. J. Res. 37 that would disapprove the Environmental Protection Agency's recently issued Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for coal-fueled power plants (also known as Utility MACT). We support responsible measures to improve air quality, and disapproving this rule does not prevent the EPA from reducing mercury emissions from power plants. Instead, passing S. J. Res. 37 would ensure the EPA writes a sensible regulation that reduces mercury without unnecessarily raising energy prices and destroying more jobs.
According to the EPA's own figures, MATS is the most expensive rule the agency has ever written for power plants and would cost a total of almost $90 billion. At a time when our economy, families and workers are struggling, we cannot afford higher energy prices and job losses. These higher energy prices are especially harmful to low-income and fixed-income families and to energy-intensive manufacturers that provide good paying jobs. In addition, many public officials and experts have expressed widespread concerns that electric reliability could be threatened because the new rule would force the premature retirement of many coal-fired power plants. So far, over 140 coal-fired electricity generating units in 19 states will be taken off-line by 2015. MATS is an overreaching rule and passing S.J. Res. 37 is necessary to ensure that the EPA writes a sensible regulation. We appreciate your attention and again urge you to vote for the resolution when it comes to the Senate floor.
AAON Coil Products, Inc. American Institute for International Steel
A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp. American Iron and Steel Institute
Able Electropolishing Company American Petroleum Institute ACI Building Systems Inc. American Shizuki Corporation ACMA Anthem Ventures
Acme Industries, Inc. Applied Process Inc. Ahresty Wilmington Corporation Arcadia Chair Company
Alcan Cable Arrow Adhesives Company
Alcohol Monitoring Systems Associated Industries of Missouri
Allied Plastics Co., Inc. Associated Oregon Industries
ALOM Association of American Railroads
Alpha Natural Resources Association of Equipment Manufacturers American Agri-Women Association of Washington Business American Chemistry Council Audio Authority Corporation
American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity Available Plastics, Inc. American Electric Power Bannish Lumber, Inc.
American Forest & Paper Association Barge Forest Products Co. American Foundry Society Bedford Machine & Tool, Inc./ American Frozen Food Institute Bedford Recycling, Inc./
Bedford Metal Technologies, Inc. Greene, Tweed & Co., Inc. Belden Brick Company Heat Treating Services Corp. of Big River Zinc Corporation America
Billco Corporation Hem Inc.
Birmingham Rail and Locomotive HEMCO Industries, Inc. Blackhawk Molding Co., Inc. Henry Molded Products Business Council of Alabama Heppner Hardwoods, Inc.
Capital Resin Corporation Hercules Drawn Steel Corporation
Carolina Color Corp. Hermann Oak Leather
Case Systems, Inc. Hi-Lex
Caterpillar Inc. Hi-Tek Manufacturing Inc. Chemplex Automotive Group, Inc. Holland 1916 Inc.
Chemstar Products Company Hoosier Gasket Corporation
Clarkson Bank Hudson Extrusions, Inc.
Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (CACI) Illinois Manufacturers' Association Continental Heat Treating, Inc. Independent Bakers Association Cook Technologies, Inc. Indiana Cast Metals Association Core Pipe Products, Inc. Indiana Manufacturers Association CRT, Custom Products, Inc. Industrial Tool, Inc.
Custom-Pak Products, Inc. International Thermal Systems LLC Dart Container Corporation J.C. Steele & Sons, Inc.
Darwill Inc. James Machineworks LLC. Dasco Pro Inc. Jennison Industries
Dawn Food Products, Inc. Johnson Bros. Metal Forming Co.
Delta Power Co. Jost Chemical Co. deVan Sealants, Inc. Kansas Chamber
Devon Energy Corporation Kapstone Paper and Packaging
Dicksons Inc. Corp.
Dimensional Innovations Kelly-Moore Paint Co., Inc. DRT Mfg. Co. KFH Industries
Duro-Flex LLC Kiva Plastics, Inc.
East Tennessee Forest Products, Inc. Koller Enterprises, Inc. Eastman Chemical Company La Deau Mfg. Co, Inc. Eckel Manufacturing Co. Inc. Laser Processing
Elan Technology Inc. Lcra
Elektrisola Inc. LEECO Spring International
Empire Comfort Systems Legion Lighting Co., Inc. Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International Loxcreen
Fabritec, LLC LSB Industries, Inc.
Finishing and Plating Service Manufacturers Association of Florida
Formula Boats Marsh Industries, Inc. Foundry Association of Michigan Mastermolding Inc.
Fredon Corporation McGard
G & S Titanium Inc. Metalcasters of Minnesota Geokon Inc. Metals Service Center Institute GFS Chemicals, Inc. MFG
Gilpin Inc. Michigan Manufacturers Association
Gilson Inc. Midmark Corporation
Glas-Col, LLC Miller Welding & Machine Co. Graphic House Inc. Mississippi Lime Company Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce Mississippi Manufacturers Assn.
Mississippi Marine Corporation Rowmark LLC. Missouri Forest Products Association Rudd Company, Inc.
Molded Fiber Glass Companies Scarbrough International Ltd. Molded Fiber Glass Galileo Composites Schaeffler Group USA Inc.
Molded Fiber Glass South Dakota Scot Forge Company
Molded Fiber Glass Tray Company Searles Valley Minerals
Molded Fiberglass Alabama Seymour Manufacturing Co., Inc. Monadnock Paper Mills Inc. Sierra Forest Products
Morgantown Technical Services, Inc. Silbrico Corporation
Morgantown Technical Services/Swanson Industries Silverpines Developers
Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association Smith Millwork, Inc. MP Global Products Solomon Colors, Inc.
National Federation of Independent Business Sonneborn
National Association of Manufacturers Southland Tube, Inc.
National Council of Textile Organizations Special Products & Mfg., Inc. National Electric Coil, Inc. Specialty Industries of St. Joseph, National Mining Association Inc.
National Oilseed Processors Association SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade
National Shooting Sports Foundation Association
Nebraska Chamber of Commerce Spinnaker Coating, LLC
& Industry SSI Technologies, Inc. Nelsen Steel Company Statoil
Nelson Machining & Fabricating Inc. Steel Manufacturers Association
Nevada Manufacturers Assn. Sterling Machine Co. Inc.
Non-Ferrous Founders' Society Storey Sawmill and Lumber Co. inc. North Carolina Chamber Strongwell
Nucor Corporation Sturtevant Inc.
Ohio Cast Metals Association Sunnen Products Company
Ohio Chemistry Technology Council Swanson Industries
OMCO Holdings, Inc. Swanson Plating Company
O'Neal Steel, Inc. Synalloy Corporation
Oregon Cherry Growers, Inc. Templeton Coal Company, Inc. Oregon Women In Timber Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Owens-Illinois, Inc. & Industry
Peabody Energy Corporation Tennier Industries, Inc. Pennsylvania Foundry Association Texas Association of Business
Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association Texas Cast Metals Association
Pete Lien & Sons Textile Rental Services Association
Plumb Supply Company The Adams Company
PneuDraulics, Inc. The Doe Run Company
PoolPak Technologies Corporation The Dupps Co.
Porta-King Building Systems The Fertilizer Institute Portland Cement Association The Ford Meter Box Co., Inc. PPG Industries The Ohio Manufacturers' Precision Machined Products Association Association
Pretzels, Inc. The State Chamber of Oklahoma
Ralph S. Alberts Company, Inc. The Stebbins Engineering and Reinke Irrigation Manufacturing Company Reliable Plating Corp The Stutz Company
Reyco Granning LLC Tiffin Metal Products Co. Riggs Industries, Inc.
Treated Wood Council
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
United Wood Treating Co. Inc. Unverferth Mfg. Co. Inc.
USG Corporation Valv-Trol Co. Vermeer Corporation
Virginia Manufacturers Association
Voss Industries, Inc. Vulcan, Inc.
Wellborn Cabinet Inc.
Western Gage Corporation
Westside Finishing Willmar Poultry Company Windy City Wire
Windy City Wire LLC
Wisconsin Cast Metals Association
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
Wold Oil Properties, Inc.
Woodworking Machinery Industry Association
WV Manufacturers Association
Zelazoski Wood Products,Inc
Zero Zone Inc.