From: The Honorable Jim Matheson
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Bill: H.R. 2948
Date: 2/10/2014

Dear Colleague,
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently promulgating numerous final and proposed rules that, combined, will have major effects on our economy. Many of these rules will require retrofits and modifications to equipment in power plants, refineries, manufacturing plants, and boilers, among others.  EPA’s own analysis indicates that some of these rules will have significant costs and will increase the price of electricity; other actions have not yet been analyzed. There has not, however, been an analysis of the cumulative impacts of these regulations. As we go forward, it is important that we take the time to step back and get a fuller understanding of the consequences of these rules.
That is why we have reintroduced the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act (TRAIN Act). This bipartisan bill would require an interagency committee to analyze the cumulative and incremental impacts of certain significant rules issued by the EPA in an effort to better understand how these regulations are impacting America’s global economic competitiveness, electricity and fuel prices, employment, and reliability of electricity supply. The study will also analyze cumulative cost and cumulative benefit impacts and discuss the cumulative effects of EPA’s rules on consumers; small businesses; state, local and tribal governments; labor markets; and agriculture.
We hope you will join us as a cosponsor of this bipartisan legislation. Please contact Jan Beukelman with Rep. Matheson or Jordan Downs with Rep. Harper with any questions or to cosponsor.
Jim Matheson                                                                          Gregg Harper
Member of Congress                                                               Member of Congress