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Barton, Burgess Ask Administration to Detail Costs of NEPA Rule to Jobs, Economy

Barton, Burgess Ask Administration to Detail Costs of NEPA Rule to Jobs, Economy

March 8, 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. Joe Barton, R-Texas, and Michael Burgess, R-Texas, today wrote to Nancy Sutley, the chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, asking her to square President Obama’s statement that “jobs must be our No. 1 focus in 2010” with the expansion of a wide range of global warming and other environmental regulations that will cumulatively impose billions of dollars in costs on U.S. business and consumers.

Of chief concern to the lawmakers are the potential economic and job impacts of the “Draft NEPA Guidance on Consideration of the Effects of Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” which appears to erect more regulatory barriers to new infrastructure.

“The NEPA process is already extraordinarily time consuming and expensive, and the NEPA related costs for new infrastructure and other large proposed projects can range from tens of thousands to millions of dollars and take years to complete,” said Barton and Burgess, ranking members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and its Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, respectively. “Given the evolving, complex, controversial, uncertain, and global nature of climate science, we have significant concerns that layering more analyses and requirements contemplated in the draft guidance will further delay the NEPA process, increase overall permitting and project costs, lead to protracted litigation, and adversely impact new energy and other infrastructure development in the United States.”

The lawmakers asked Sutley to respond to the following questions:

1.    Please identify each of the federal departments and agencies that would be subject to the draft guidance if it is finalized by the administration.

2.    In developing the draft guidance, has CEQ analyzed the amount of time that implementation of the guidelines may add to the NEPA process, the increased government resources that would be required, the additional staff required, and/or the additional costs to the taxpayer or the regulated community? If yes, please provide copies of any documents reflecting such analyses.

3.    In developing the draft guidance, has CEQ analyzed the potential litigation that may result from implementing the guidance? If yes, please provide copies of any documents reflecting such analyses.

4.    Has CEQ analyzed the impacts of the draft guidance for the U.S. energy sector? If yes, please provide copies of any documents reflecting such analyses.

5.    Does CEQ anticipate issuing specific NEPA guidance applicable to “land and resource management actions”?

6.    In developing the draft guidance, did CEQ consult with any nongovernmental entities?

7.    Since January 2009, has CEQ prepared its own analyses of the potential economic or job impacts that may result from implementation of any of the administration’s proposed global warming environmental regulations, policies, or initiatives? If yes, please provide copies of all such analyses.

8.    Since January 2009, has CEQ received any analyses from other offices within the Executive Office of the President, federal agencies, and/or nongovernmental entities, of economic or job impacts that may result from implementation of any administration’s proposed global warming environmental policies, regulations or initiatives? If yes, please provide copies of all such analyses in CEQ’s possession.

9.    Since January 2009, has CEQ taken any actions to expedite the NEPA process in order to promote economic growth and new job creation? If yes, please describe and provide copies of documents relating to such actions.

10.    Since January 2009, has the administration taken any actions to ensure that economic and job impacts are considered and evaluated before the administration promulgates new environmental regulations?

The letter can be found here.

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FDA Requests $4.03 Billion to Transform Food Safety System, Invest in Medical Product Safety, Regulatory Science

FDA Requests $4.03 Billion to Transform Food Safety System, Invest in Medical Product Safety, Regulatory Science.

FDA NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: February 1, 2010

Media Inquiries: Michelle Yeboah, 301-796-4649, Michelle.Yeboah@fda.hhs.gov
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA

FDA Requests $4.03 Billion to Transform Food Safety System, Invest in Medical Product Safety, Regulatory Science
FY 2011 request represents a 23 percent increase over FY 2010 budget

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requesting $4.03 billion to promote and protect public health as part of the President’s fiscal year 2011 budget – a 23 percent increase over the agency’s current $3.28 billion budget.

The FY 2011 request, which covers the period of Oct.1, 2010, through Sept. 30, 2011, includes increases of $146 million in budget authority and $601 million in industry user fees.

“The FY 2011 resources will strengthen our ability to act as a strong and smart regulator, protecting Americans through every stage of life, many times each day,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “This budget supports the ability for patients and families to realize the benefits of science that are yielding revolutionary advances in the life and biomedical sciences.”

The budget request reflects the FDA’s resolve to transform food safety practices, improve medical product safety, protect patients and modernize FDA regulatory science to advance public health. Funding in the FY 2011 request also supports new regulatory authority to regulate cigarettes and other tobacco products received in June 2009.

The proposed budget includes support for the FDA’s investment in addressing the challenges of the 21st century. The FDA envisions a transformed U.S. food safety system that focuses on prevention, increased efforts to address medical product safety challenges and a focus on modernizing regulatory science at the FDA.

These four initiatives are the major highlights for the FY2011 budget increases.

  • Transforming Food Safety (+ $318.3 million)
    The Transforming Food Safety Initiative reflects President Obama’s vision of a new food safety system to protect the American public. The FDA will set standards for safety, expand laboratory capacity, pilot track and trace technology, strengthen its import safety program, improve data collection and risk analysis and begin to establish an integrated national food safety system with strengthened inspection and response capacity.
  • Protecting Patients (+ $100.8 million)
    The Protecting Patients Initiative advances the Obama Administration’s priorities for safe, quality health care for all Americans. The resources in this initiative will support the safety of drugs, devices, and vaccines, as well as the Nation’s blood supply. The FY 2011 resources will also strengthen the FDA’s ability to act as a strong and smart regulator to address medical product safety challenges in the years ahead.
  • Advancing Regulatory Science (+ $25.0 million)
    Advancing Regulatory Science builds on President Obama’s commitment to harness the power of science for America’s benefit. During the past two decades, extraordinary investments have led to revolutionary advances in the life and biomedical sciences. Many key discoveries, however, have yet to translate into real therapies for patients. The FY 2011 budget will allow the FDA to begin to strengthen its core scientific capacity. This investment will allow the  FDA to identify improved pathways to product development and approval for new technologies that offer promising new opportunities to diagnose, treat, cure and prevent disease.
  • Tobacco (+ $215.0 million)
    An increase in tobacco user fees will allow the FDA to continue to implement the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Preventing youth from using tobacco and helping Americans quit, promoting public understanding of the harmful constituents of tobacco products, developing the foundation of science for regulating tobacco, and regulating tobacco to reduce the toll of tobacco-related disease, disability and mortality are tobacco program priorities for FY 2011.

For more information

The President’s FY2011 budget for the FDA
http://www.hhs.gov/budget/docbudget.htm

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