The National Roofing Contractors Association is worried about the EPA overstepping its authority with its recent findings on greenhouse gases.
Protection Agency Dec. 7 announced that carbon dioxide and other gases it says
contribute to global warming are likely to be the subject of future
regulations. Any new rules would affect motor vehicles and buildings that emit
more than 25,000 tons of greenhouse gases annually, NRCA officials said.
NRCA officials say
they are concerned the rules could be an excessive burden for building owners and
"We're concerned new
proposed rules expected to be issued by the EPA in accordance with the finding
would give the agency unprecedented powers," said association Executive
Vice President Bill Good. "And even if the 25,000-ton threshold withstands
legal challenges, it starts the U.S. on a path where construction activity
becomes increasingly subject to bureaucratic approvals. The EPA has suggested
pre-permit assessments of greenhouse gas emissions for significant new
construction projects; imagine what that will mean for shopping center
developers or even local school boards."
The EPA was given the ability to
regulate greenhouse gases in a 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision, although it
did not exercise that power under former President George W. Bush.