Office of Advocacy

Advocacy is an independent voice for small business within the federal government, the watchdog for the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) and the source of small business statistics. Advocacy advances the views and concerns of small business before Congress, the White House, the federal agencies, the federal courts and state policy makers. 
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Office Spotlight

EPA Orders Reassessment Of Toxic Metal Dumping Rule That SBA Advocacy Opposed

EPA “has hit the pause button on an Obama-era regulation aimed at limiting the dumping of toxic metals such as arsenic and mercury by the nation’s power plants into public waterways.” In a letter to the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy and other groups that had sought a revisiting of the rule, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wrote, “I have decided that it is appropriate and in the public interest to reconsider the rule.” The rule would have required power plants “to begin showing that they were using the most up-to-date technology to remove heavy metals – including lead, arsenic, mercury and other pollutants – from their wastewater” next year. This rule represents one in which the costs to small businesses clearly outweigh the benefits.