Role of EPA regulations in harming job creation
Time and again, she dismissed the notion that stubbornly high unemployment should prompt policymakers to roll back robust environmental protections.
“It is analogous to a doctor not giving a diagnosis to a patient because the patient might not be able to afford the treatment,” she said.
GOP members cast Jackson as an über-regulator, oblivious to the economic hardship her policies have created in their home districts. “We have focused on cracking down on the private sector, on the job generators,” lamented Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Calif.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., cited the example of Buckman Laboratories International, a Memphis-based chemical manufacturer with 1,500 employees worldwide and estimated annual sales of $500 million.
According to Blackburn, the company was recently forced to change 4,000 labels on its containers, in order to comply with new EPA rules – but did not have to change the contents of the microbicides in the containers. And the firm received a new demand from the agency on Wednesday, Blackburn said, to change an additional five labels.
“Do you have any understanding of how the uncertainty that your agency is causing is affecting the businesses that are in my state?” Blackburn asked Jackson.
“I would not argue that regulations and standard-setting for safety don't have impacts on business,” Jackson replied. “But remember: The pesticide laws and regulations are for the safety of the users of those pesticides.”
“Ms. Jackson, we are all for clean air, clean water, and a safe environment,” Blackburn shot back. “There is no argument about that. What we are looking at is the cost-benefit analysis of this.” . . .