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The agency is inviting small businesses to nominate representatives to participate in a Small Business Advocacy Review Panel that will provide input into the development of the agency's 2010 proposed rule for brick and structural clay products. This is a change from the past, when the EPA selected panel members in consultation with the U.S. Small Business Administration, but did not invite small businesses to nominate representatives. The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires the EPA to convene such a panel if a rule may have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small businesses.
The agency issued air toxics regulations for brick and structural clay products manufacturing facilities in 2003, but they were nullified by a federal court; therefore, EPA is beginning the process of developing a new rule. An estimated 82 percent of the companies operating brick kilns are small businesses, according to the agency release.