Washington– Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 1917, The Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns (BRICK) Act. Congressman Mike Conaway (TX-11) released the following statement after casting his vote in favor of this legislation:
“In 2015, President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) slapped another burdensome regulation on America’s brick and tile industry, forcing kiln operators into a costly compliance scheme. EPA wildly underestimated the costs associated with this new regulation, and the average facility- many of which are small businesses- will have to spend $4.4 million to comply, for an industry total of close to $100 million.
“The BRICK Act stops this regulation from taking effect, allowing companies making bricks and tiles the opportunity to complete an ongoing lawsuit against this crushing regulation. I’m glad to see this legislation pass the House, and I urge the Senate to act quickly and protect America’s brick and tile makers.”