House Republicans target EPA chemical accident rule

By Sean Reilly | 05/06/2024 06:36 AM EDT

Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans have blasted the rule as “expensive, over-the-top, and not rooted in reality.”

Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.).

Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) will hold a hearing this week on a new EPA rule to prevent air pollution from chemical accidents. Greg Nash/Pool

This story was updated at 12:20 p.m. EDT.

A recently strengthened EPA chemical accident prevention rule will face its first formal round of congressional scrutiny at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing Tuesday — and the reception will not be friendly.

The rule “is expensive, over-the-top, and not rooted in reality,” said Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.), chair of the Environment, Manufacturing and Critical Materials Subcommittee, in a statement. “It is just the latest example of President Biden bending to radical environmentalists at the expense of America’s economic prosperity.”


The stricter requirements, unveiled in March, apply to refineries, farm supply distributors and thousands of other operations that use or store hazardous materials with the potential for unleashing dangerous air pollution in the wake of a mishap.