On March 3, 2016 Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) took to the floor of the U. S. House of Representatives to support small businesses in Georgia’s brick industry by working to pass H.R. 4557, the Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns (BRICK) Act. Co-sponsored by Congressman Bishop, H.R. 4557 was approved by a vote of 238 to 163 and goes on to the Senate for consideration:
A transcript of Congressman Bishop’s remarks in the U.S. House of Representatives is below:
Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 4557, the Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns—or BRICK—Act. This legislation is important to preserving the viability of brick manufacturing facilities across the country.
Simply put, the BRICK Act pauses the EPA’s 2015 national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants until court challenges of the rule are resolved. I am very concerned that brick manufacturers in my district, as well as those in the districts of my colleagues, may be required to spend hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars, to satisfy an EPA requirement similar to the EPA’s 2003 rule. A rule -- it should be noted -- vacated by the federal courts.
For example, Cherokee Brick and Tile, from Macon, GA, spent over $1.5 million to install controls in order to comply with EPA’s invalidated 2003 rule. Cherokee is a small family owned business, and as my colleagues with small businesses in their district can attest, $1.5 million is a very substantial sum that can cut heavily into a bottom line.
This rule impacts more than just Cherokee Brick and Tile in my state, but also General Shale and Pine Hall Brick among others. A basic material for home and building construction, bricks are more than just a figurative cornerstone in the United States’ construction industry.
Passing this legislation would guarantee the EPA would wait until its 2015 emission standards are reviewed by a court before implementing the rule, and before manufacturers across the country are needlessly required to spend millions of dollars.
I ask my colleagues to support H.R. 4557, the BRICK Act.blog comments powered by Disqus