Rep. Pompeo Introduces Legislation to Clarify the EPA's "General Duty Clause"
Rep. Mike Pompeo (KS-04)
Rep. Mike Pompeo introduced H.R. 6345, the General Duty Clarification Act, which would require EPA to clarify the General Duty Clause before using it again. The EPA has found numerous facilities in violation of the Clean Air Act’s General Duty Clause, even though EPA has yet to define this provision in any detail or issue a regulation under it. In addition, environmental special interest groups have urged EPA to utilize the General Duty Clause to regulate chemical site security, a clear encroachment on the Department of Homeland Security’s jurisdiction.
Rep. Pompeo issued the following statement:
"Today, I’m taking a proactive and commonsense step to provide greater clarity to our nation’s chemical safety laws by resolving the confusion surrounding the General Duty Clause. This legislation will provide companies that use chemicals in their operations with the certainty needed to comply with this law. I’m encouraging my colleagues to support the General Duty Clarification Act so that companies can continue their work in safety and with the regulatory and economic certainty they need to keep their workers employed."