Louisiana Republicans target chemical industry rules

By Sean Reilly | 06/21/2024 01:34 PM EDT

Resolutions in both the House and Senate would undo new EPA mandates.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.).

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) is sponsoring a resolution against EPA rules for chemical plant emissions. Susan Walsh/AP

Louisiana Republicans are mobilizing to repeal a signature set of EPA regulations that tightened hazardous air pollution standards on more than 200 chemical plants.

“Congress cannot allow unelected bureaucrats at the EPA to use flawed data to hamstring Louisiana’s chemical industry and hinder American manufacturers’ ability to access the chemicals they need to keep our economy humming,” Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said in a statement announcing his intent to scrap them via S.J. Res. 100, a Congressional Review Act resolution introduced Thursday.

It follows H.J. Res. 161, a CRA resolution introduced late last month by Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.).


EPA released the strenghtened standards in April with predictions that they will significantly reduce health risks for people living in the Louisiana industrial corridor often dubbed “Cancer Alley” and other chemical industry hubs.