February 13, 2017

MSCI Joins The National Association Of Manufacturers In Calling For Confirmation Of Scott Pruitt

The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) has agreed to join the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) in signing a letter to all U.S. senators calling on them to support and approve the nomination of Scott Pruitt to be administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The letter argues that Pruitt “understands that when regulations go too far and fail to adequately balance environmental protection with technological feasibility and impacts to economy, they cease to be in the best interest of the public.” 

The MSCI/NAM letter also notes, “American businesses face an enormous regulatory burden, one that has been increasing in recent years. Under President Obama’s Administration, manufacturers and other industries have seen billions of dollars in regulations imposed on them that have limited energy options, forced plant closures and threatened competitiveness.” According to NAM, environmental regulations make up the dominant share of manufacturers’ regulatory burden. In fact, according to NAM, the average manufacturer spends $10,497 per employee per year to comply with environmental regulations, five and a half times the amount spent on environmental regulations by the average business. Additionally, NAM has found manufacturers with fewer than 50 employees must spend $20,361 per employee per year on environmental regulations. 

 The letter concludes by arguing there “is a better way to further environmental progress” and that “Scott Pruitt is the right person to restore reasonableness to our nation’s environmental laws.”