House Member Seeks to Address Burdensome Regulations

January 10, 2011
Government

The National Glass Association and Window & Door Dealers Alliance responded recently to a House Republican's request for details on  "existing and proposed federal regulations that negatively impact the economy and jobs." A letter written by Phil James, president and CEO of both organizations, urged the Congressman to look closely at current and pending Environmental Protection Agency regulations related to lead paint.

The letter was sent to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the new chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  Prior to stepping into that position, he contacted NGA asking for assistance in identifying exisiting and proposed regulations that hurt job growth and suggestions on reforming those regulations. 

"In fiscal year 2010, federal agencies promulgated 43 major new regulations," Issa wrote. "In total, the administration estimated the cost, often referred to as the hidden tax, of the 43 new regulations to be approximately $28 billion, the highest single year increase in estimated burden on record, resulting in thousand of lost jobs."

"On behalf of America's architectural glass fabrication and installation firms, window and door dealers, and auto glass replacement and repair firms, we applaud your initiative," James responded.  His letter goes on to cite EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting regulations designed to address health issues associated with the use of lead paint in pre-1978 homes as having "considerable adverse consequences to our members' revenue and job growth."

In addition to the existing rules related to lead safe work practices in homes, James points to the even greater costs and potential problems associated with pending EPA rules lead clearance testing after jobs are complete, as well as expansion of lead paint related requirements into commercial renovation projects.     

Several other options to the current and proposed rules, suggested by EPA and others, could have safeguarded the public effectively while maintaining job growth, the NGA and WDDA letter notes.