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AFS Joins More than a Dozen Associations in a Legal Challenge over EPA’s Sweeping Power Plant Rule

October 27, 2015

The American Foundry Society (AFS), Schaumburg, Illinois, announced it is participating with more than a dozen trade associations in a lawsuit to invalidate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new power plant rule, known as the Clean Power Plan. The far-reaching rule, formally published in the Federal Register on Friday, October 23, is aimed at limiting carbon emissions from existing power plants. It fundamentally changes the way we generate, distribute, and consume electricity in the United States and forces states to shut down many of their electric energy generators in favor of EPA’s preferred power sources.

“The EPA has dramatically overstepped its authority and the consequences for energy-intensive, trade-exposed industries, such as the U.S. metalcasting industry, will be particularly burdensome, as the rule will significantly drive up our electricity costs and hurt reliability,” said AFS CEO Jerry Call.  “By increasing our electricity costs, the agency is providing foreign manufacturers with a competitive advantage, many of which already benefit from subsidized energy costs.”

According to Brad Muller, chair of the AFS Government Affairs Division, this rule could force the metalcasting industry, which is a mainstay of national defense, to lose some of our metal casting capacity threatening our national security and our ability to produce domestic castings for the defense industry.

The lawsuit is being led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).  In addition to AFS, other groups joining the suit include: American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, American Chemistry Council, American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute, American Forest and Paper Association, American Iron and Steel Institute, American Wood Council, Brick Industry Association, Electricity Consumers Resource Council, Lignite Energy Council, National Lime Association, National Oilseed Processors Association and Portland Cement Association.

The American Foundry Society is the major trade and technical association for the North American metalcasting industry with over 7,000 members. There are nearly 2,000 metalcasters in the U.S. employing over 200,000 employees.