EPA Tops List of Business Complaints to Congress

p>Feb. 7, 2011 -- American businesses have a common enemy: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

ConocoPhillips, Boeing Co. and the National Association of Manufacturers are among 201 companies and industry groups that responded to Representative Darrell Issa’s request to identify government rules his U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee should investigate. Of the 111 regulations they cited, 57 were issued by the EPA.

Issa’s letter to the companies and trade groups said that in fiscal 2010 federal agencies created 43 “major” new regulations at an estimated cost of $28 billion.

A group of 20 trade associations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Real Estate Roundtable, targeted rules intended to prevent lead contamination during renovation and painting projects on homes, child-care facilities and schools built before 1978.

EDITOR'S NOTE: You can submit your thoughts to Rep. Issa at http://www.jotform.com/form/10111712503