Pa. Reg-Watch

Author: Suzanne Stoltenberg, NFIB Pa. | click to email 717-232-8582 Date: May 09, 2014


Manufacturers of Modular Commercial Buildings; Proposed Regulations: Dept. of Housing and Econ. Development

Summarized as "...regulation is needed to assure that factory constructed housing and buildings meet the same standards as houses and buildings constructed under the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code. When implemented, manufacturers of industrialized (modular) commercial buildings will benefit through the uniform building code enforcement and subsequent acceptance by the local municipalities across the Commonwealth. The local municipalities will benefit through continual surveillance of designs and construction inside the manufacturing plants that produce these products" For more Get more information

Attention: alternative energy system installation companies, alternative energy system development companies, electric generation suppliers, electric distribution companies, PUC proposes changes to the regulations pertaining to the net metering, interconnection, and portfolio standard compliance provisions of the AEPS Act. Get more information

Recent IRRC Order: Crane Operators raising state license fee; Public meeting July 5, 2014. Get more information

Industrial Cleaning Solvents: If your small business uses 15 pounds of solvents per day containing Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and you aren’t in an already regulated industry, this proposal would affect you. The solvents are used to remove adhesives, inks, paint, soil, oil and grease. Get more information

Automobile and Light-duty Truck Assembly Coating: This proposed regulation applies to businesses that apply a coating to new automobiles or light duty truck bodies, to body parts for those vehicles, or to other parts coated at the same time. It covers the use of 15 pounds or more of coatings or cleaning solvents per day that contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Get more information

Surface Coating of Miscellaneous Metal Parts, Plastic Parts and Pleasure Craft Coatings: This proposed regulation includes the manufacture of metal and plastic parts, components or products made entirely or partially of metal or plastic and the use of Volatile Organic Compound (VOCs) in coatings. Get more information


Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule for Public and Commercial Buildings — Proposed Rule Stage

Following on its problematic Lead: RRP rule covering residential housing, the EPA is poised to expand the rule to cover commercial buildings. While the goal of the rule – protecting people from exposure to lead dust – is laudable, EPA has not yet issued a study or identified data that shows if lead dust from these buildings impact surrounding neighborhoods. In addition, EPA appears intent on adapting its residential rule for commercial buildings. NFIB is concerned about his approach because the residential rule is punitive mostly to companies that try to comply. About 35 percent of small employers, who operate their business outside of their house, own all or part of the building or land on which their business is located. These small businesses face higher costs as well. 

EPA and Army Corps of Engineers propose expansion of authority over small business and landowners: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) recently proposed a rule that will greatly expand its authority over private landowners and small businesses. Even more troubling is the fact that EPA blatantly bypassed critical analysis of the rule’s impact on small businesses – which a clear violation of federal law.  NFIB believes this proposal, which re-defines the term “navigable waters” in the Clean Water Act would allow EPA to regulate the smallest irrigation streams or ponds, adding red tape, restricting business and hurting the economy.  For more information click here: 

Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division – Expansion of Overtime Eligibility – Pre-rule stage 

President Obama recently directed the DOL to revise regulations relating to overtime eligibility, specifically to find ways to expand time-and-a-half pay to more workers. Unfortunately, this will come at the expense of small business owners. Like most government mandates on business, increasing the number of workers eligible for overtime will have a deep and disproportionate impact on the small business sector. The vague detail offered by the administration on what the regulation will look like only increases uncertainty for small businesses, and makes them less likely to add new workers.


From Politico: Supreme Court nibbles at EPA’s greenhouse gas powers

From New York Times: The Pros and Cons of (Car) Sharing (as related to city taxi regulations and new business models)

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