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Metalcaster Testifies Before Small Business Committee on Regulatory Relief

April 15, 2015

Janis Herschkowitz, President and CEO, PRL Inc., Cornwall, Pa., testified before the full congressional House Committee on Small Business on March 18. The committee hearing, Tangled in Red Tape: New Challenges for Small Manufacturers, is available to watch online at

Herschkowitz and other small business owners testified how a series of new and proposed regulations would impact their respective businesses and industries. Herschkowitz’s comments focused on concerns over a series of one-size-fits-all regulations impacting the metalcasting industry, including OSHA’s crystalline silica rulemaking and EPA’s power plant rules. She underscored the need for the individual federal agencies to be required to evaluate the cumulative impact of multiple regulatory actions, particularly on small business.

The Small Business committee has shown considerable interest in regulatory reform. Committee chairman Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) introduced AFS-supported legislation, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015 (HR 527), which would close a series of loopholes and ensure all federal agencies appropriately consider the impact of their rules on small businesses. The measure passed the House and awaits action by the Senate.