A panel discussion at the National Press Club examined a study released by the Maguire Energy Institute at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business addressing the economic implications of a proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule on the cement industry.
panel discussion at the National Press Club examined a study released by the
Maguire Energy Institute at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of
Business addressing the economic implications of a proposed U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency rule on the cement industry.
Participants in the panel discussion included the study’s author, Dr. Bernard
Weinstein, associate director, SMU Maguire Energy Institute and Mr. Michael
Joyce, Director of Legislative Affairs for the Owner-Operator Independent
With continued focus on jobs and associated infrastructure investment as a
means of stimulating the economy, the study focuses on how the proposed EPA
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants regulations on the
cement industry may affect U.S. government initiatives to spur job creation,
rehabilitate old infrastructure and reinvest in new projects. The study also
focuses on how the industry continues to make strides to meet cement supply
demand while simultaneously reducing emissions and manufacturing its products
efficiently, independent of EPA regulations.
In 2008, nearly $27.5 billion of America’s economic activity, or
gross output, occurred in the cement manufacturing industry. The industry
provided 17,000 jobs directly and indirectly, it accounted for approximately
153,000 jobs nationwide and $7.5 billion in wages and benefits, according to
research conducted by SMU Cox. The research suggests that there will be
devastating economic ramifications if the EPA rules pass.
Even the EPA estimates that proposed regulations on the U.S. cement industry
will result in $340 million of new costs to the cement industry and a nearly 10
percent drop in domestic cement production-forcing plants to operate at a lower
capacity or shutter operations altogether, resulting in an uptick of cement
supply importation and the sending of U.S. jobs overseas.
The EPA is expected to make final NESHAP rulings on the industry in summer