Wednesday, May 27, 2020

House advances Brick Act

Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
The House recently advanced the Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns (BRICK) Act, H.R. 4557, which seeks to block implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brick MACT rule until a judicial review of its measures is complete.

The Brick MACT rule would regulate emissions related to the industry, but many stakeholders have said that the implementation costs on brickmakers, which are typically small businesses, would be to high, resulting in a loss of thousands of jobs.

“Most companies that find themselves threatened by this rule are small businesses — many are family owned — and the industry is still dealing with the effects of the recession and the weak recovery that continues to suppress demand for bricks and other building materials,” U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), who chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee, said. “Today the House put brickmakers and their thousands of direct and indirect jobs in Michigan and across the country first. The bipartisan BRICK Act is matter of fairness and commonsense.”

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, authored H.R. 4557, and U.S. Reps. Teri Sewell (D-AL) and Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA) co-authored it. It advanced through a bipartisan vote of 238-163.

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