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Press Release: AG Labrador Joins 20-State Coalition in Pushing Back Against EPA Rules

By • July 12, 2023

The following press release was sent out by the office of Attorney General Raul Labrador. Press releases do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch.

Proposed regulations would have dramatic impact on the healthcare industry.

Boise, ID – Attorney General Raúl Labrador joined a coalition of 20 state attorneys general led by Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti in commenting on proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations regarding Ethylene Oxide (EtO) and related emissions standards promulgated under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

EtO is used to sterilize roughly 20 billion medical devices annually and there are no substitutes. Regulating EtO use and emissions could severely negatively impact the medical device supply chain and provision of healthcare in the United States. In a comment letter, the coalition urges the EPA to forgo or defer proposed regulations.

“The Biden administration proposed regulations highlight how one federal agency (EPA) will arbitrarily pursue restricting use of a product, effectively halting supply chains and access, while another (FDA) views the same product as being the only method that effectively sterilizes many medical devices. The EPA rate reduction labeling change of EtO will only decrease domestic market competition, undermine public health, and drive up the cost of healthcare,” Attorney General Labrador said.

The coalition notes the proposed regulations, if adopted, will force the adoption of new, untested technologies to sterilize medical devices. To avoid disruption to healthcare across the country, EPA should forgo the proposed regulations or extend the compliance period.

Attorney General Labrador was joined in signing the letter by state attorneys general from Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

Read the letter in its entirety here.


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Tags: Biden Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Ethylene Oxide, Federal regulations, Healthcare, Medical device, Public Health, Supply Chain

6 thoughts on “Press Release: AG Labrador Joins 20-State Coalition in Pushing Back Against EPA Rules

  1. Defund and Eliminate the EPA altogether.
    It’s now simply a costly, globalist’s one world order machine, that serves no useful purpose for Americans.

  2. If it weren’t for the FBI and DOJ, the EPA would win the title of being the most tyrannical agency in government. They need to be shut down. Permanently.

  3. Idaho, should have been the very state where
    WOKE GOES TO DIE. Simpson and his crony crooks should be chased out by thousands of Idahoans not fooled by media, corps, or the gender confused lawless pedos that run our govt. Extreme you think?
    Check out CA Senator Scott Weiner or Ed Buck and those whose took his $$$.

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