STATEMENT: Small Business Wants Legislative Oversight of Clear Air Rules

Date: February 04, 2015

Nicole Riley, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, released the following statement today in response to the House Commerce and Labor subcommittee vote on H.B. 2291 (Sponsor Delegate Israel O’Quinn), a bill that would require the Department of Environmental Quality to receive approval from the General Assembly for a state implementation plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants prior to submitting the plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection:

“This is commonsense legislation that would help ensure that Virginia’s plan complies with the EPA’s emission rule without creating undue hardship or jacking up rates for small-business owners and other working Virginians.

“We’re asking the Senate to pass similar legislation as quickly as possible and for Governor McAuliffe to sign the measure into law.”

The NFIB Small Business Legal Center recently filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the EPA should be required to consider compliance costs before imposing new rules. Learn more at

NFIB/Virginia is the commonwealth’s leading small-business association with over 5,000 dues-paying members representing a cross section of the state’s economy.

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