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Industrial Minerals Association - North America Letter to Chairman Issa - January 10, 2011

Industrial Minerals Association - North America Letter to Chairman Issa - January 10, 2011

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In December 2010, Representative Darrell Issa, Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to over 150 companies, trade groups, and research organizations asking them to identify federal regulations that adversely affect job growth. This letter is one of the many responses that CREW has collected and posted for public review.
In December 2010, Representative Darrell Issa, Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to over 150 companies, trade groups, and research organizations asking them to identify federal regulations that adversely affect job growth. This letter is one of the many responses that CREW has collected and posted for public review.

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January 10, 2011The Honorable Darrell IssaChairmanCommittee on Oversight and Government ReformU.S. House of RepresentativesWashington, D.C. 20515Dear Chairman Issa:On behalf of the Industrial Minerals Association – North America (IMA–NA), I would like to thank youfor your recent letter and for providing us the opportunity to submit comments regarding regulations wefeel have negatively affected our member’s ability to grow their businesses.The IMA-NA is a trade association that represents fifty-four companies that produce industrial mineralssuch as ball clay, barite, bentonite, borates, calcium carbonate, diatomite, feldspar, industrial sand, kaolin,mica, soda ash, talc, wollastonite, and other industrial minerals, and fifty-five associate member companiesthat provide goods and services to the industry. IMA-NA typically represents seventy-five percent or moreof the production for each of these minerals in the United States.The United States enjoys the most environmentally benign processes for production of industrial mineralsin the world. Industrial minerals are critical to the manufacturing processes of many of the products thatwe use every day. They are used in the production of glass, ceramics, paper, plastics, rubber, detergents,insulation, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. They also are used in foundry cores and molds used for metalcastings, paints, filtration, metallurgical applications, refractory products and specialty fillers. IMA-NAmembers have demonstrated a commitment to the goals of sustainable development and operating in anenvironmentally friendly manner. While we believe that regulations have a place in business, we alsobelieve there have been numerous instances where government agencies have overregulated our industrywith onerous provisions that affect our members’ ability to compete both domestically and internationally.One of the agencies that has most significantly affected our members to date has been the EnvironmentalProtection Agency (EPA). The EPA has enacted numerous regulations over the course of the last two yearsthat already have forced companies to cancel new projects. Further, EPA appears to be planning manyother regulatory actions which will inhibit the ability of American industry to focus attention on job-building initiatives.The most glaring examples of these are EPA’s Endangerment Finding and subsequent rulemakingsinvolving greenhouse gases (GHGs), such as the Tailoring Rule, Timing Rule, and Tailpipe Rule. Wedispute the authority of EPA to promulgate regulations in this area and disagree with the proceduralmethods the agency is using to bypass the legislative process.Other EPA initiatives that have or will severely impact our members include the industrial boiler MACTproposal, recently finalized revisions to the NO
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National Ambient Air Quality Standards,

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