WASHINGTON Nearly 300
steel advocates are expected to descend on Capitol Hill this
week to discuss leading industry concerns like trade
regulation, excessive regulatory burdens and the need to
rebuild deteriorating infrastructure during the annual general
meeting of the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA).
Among the top issues on the
agenda will be the "rapidly growing list of regulatory burdens
and impediments" from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
and Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to
an outline of the discussion points released by the SMA ahead
of the meeting.
Trade law enforcement is also at
the top of the list for this weeks meeting, including
SMAs concern over the "adverse impacts" of non-market
behavior by state-owned enterprises, particularly in China, as
well as illegal trade practices.
"The rising amount of unfairly
traded, illegally dumped and subsidized steel imports is
costing the U.S. tens of thousands of jobs that belong in the
American economy," the SMA said.
SMA president Thomas A. Danjczek
told AMM that steel imports are of particular concern
to the domestic industry because of their steep rise in recent
months. April steel imports are up some 26 percent from the
same month last year, according to license data from the
Commerce Departments Import Administration division.
Other major topics include
securing funding for a long-term infrastructure bill, attaining
greater energy independence and looking at
government-controlled distortions on raw materials.