Friday, March 23, 2012

Barack Obama Regulations - #3753 - Senator Thume's New Bill Would Block Department of Labor Farm Rules - The Blaze (2) EPA Regulations Eliminate More Than 1,850 Jobs - Hot Air

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) are not happy with the Department of Labor. And on Wednesday, they let it be known by introducing legislation to keep the department in check.  The pair introduced what a press release calls “common sense legislation.” It’s a bill called the Preserving America’s Family Farm Act and it’s aimed at preventing the Department of Labor (DOL) from passing regulations that limit the ability of children to work on family farms and ranches.  In the press release, Thune and Moran give some background:  Last year, DOL Secretary Hilda Solis proposed rules that would restrict family farm operations by prohibiting youth under the age of 18 from being near certain age animals without adult supervision, participating in common livestock practices such as vaccinating and hoof trimming, and handling most animals more than six months old, which would severely limit participation in 4-H and FFA activities and restrict their youth farm safety classes; operating farm machinery over 20 PTO horsepower; completing tasks at elevations over six feet high; and working at stockyards and grain and feed facilities. The language of the proposed rule is so specific it would even ban youth from operating a battery powered screwdriver or a pressurized garden hose.  Read more.........

EPA Regulations Eliminate More Than 1,850 Jobs - Hot Air - According to a study published on the American Action Forum website, recent Environmental Protection Agency regulations have led to the elimination of nearly 2,000 jobs.  The energy companies American Electric Power, FirstEnergy, GenOn and Midwest Generation announced recently that they will have to close five, nine, eight and two power plants, respectively, to meet EPA requirements.  Specifically, the EPA’s Utility MACT rule, a part of the agency’s Mercury and Air Toxic Standards, is toxic to jobs. When the EPA introduced the rule suspiciously close to Christmas (hoping to fly under the radar much?), a number of industry experts explained that opposition to the regulations stems not from a desire for dirty air (seriously, who wants that?) but from plain ol’ realism.  Read more.........

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