NSBA Board Member Michael Canty Testifies on EPA RegulationsApril 12, 2016
Washington, D.C. – Earlier today, National Small Business Association (NSBA) Board Member Michael Canty , President & CEO of Alloy Bellows & Precision Welding Inc., located in Cleveland, Ohio, testified before Senate Environment and Public Works Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight Subcommittee on the challenges facing small firms when it comes to burdensome regulations, specifically those coming from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Alloy Bellows & Precision Welding is a leading supplier of metal bellows, bellows assemblies, thin-wall seam-welded tubing, and welding, soldering, brazing and nondestructive testing services. In his testimony, Canty underscored the various challenges he faces in dealing with the myriad EPA rules governing his industry.
“We were forced to hire a senior-level compliance officer to help us navigate the complex web of federal, state, and local regulations, and have spent at least $200,000 annually just to stay compliant,” stated Canty. “And that’s just for the regulations that we know of.”
Although the focus of the hearing was EPA regulations, Canty stressed that it is the cumulative effect of all regulations that must be considered, and that regulators estimating a particular compliance effort will “only take 22 minutes” are being shortsighted.
Canty highlighted several EPA regulations that have had a direct, negative impact on his firm, including: the use, disposal and record keeping of certain chemicals; required use of ethanol; power plant regulations leading to increased energy costs; and much more.
“Small companies like mine bear significant costs due to EPA regulations, leaving us with limited choices: become less competitive to foreign companies; move to less effective and more expensive processes; or simply outsource many of the products we use,” said Canty.
He concluded with praising efforts such as the RESTORE Resolution and National Regulatory Budget as sound proposals that could ease the massive federal regulatory burden on small firms.
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