Fact Sheet

The Ozone Rule and its Effect on Jobs and Manufacturing State-By-State


Joint Hearing TOMORROW to Examine the Rule 

The Environmental Protection Agency has rolled out yet another regulation that puts good paying jobs at risk – a proposal some predict will be EPA’s costliest EVER. The EPA is considering revising the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground level ozone even though the most recent standard, set in 2008, has yet to be fully implemented.

According to EPA’s own data, ozone concentrations have declined over 30 percent since 1980 and will continue to do so under the 2008 standard. The rule could have a devastating effect on jobs and manufacturing, which will be the focus of the joint Energy and Power and Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade subcommittee hearing tomorrow. A recent study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers found that under this regulation, 1.4 million jobs could be lost and it could cost the average U.S. household $830 a year. The interactive graphic below breaks down the potential costs state-by-state.

Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) recently highlighted the potential costs of the EPA’s proposal in the The Robesonian. Hudson writes, “Because of this ridiculous red-tape, new highway projects or construction of critical infrastructure will face months of delay. If one manufacturer wants to expand, it has to find another one that will cut back. This means all across our great state, power plants would shut down, manufacturing would stop and jobs would be lost, bringing any economic growth to a halt.”

INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: How will this regulation affect you and your state? Click on the graphic to find out.

To learn more about tomorrow’s joint hearing, click here.


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