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Ozone Regs Put Ohio in a #NoGrowth Zone


On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency issued its final regulations revising the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ground-level ozone from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb. Many states and counties around the country are still working to implement the 2008 standard yet EPA is pursuing stricter standards that threaten jobs and economic growth. Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) commented that the administration was, “Pushing forward with what many experts predict will be the EPA’s costliest regulation in history and could very well be a last straw for our fragile economy.”

Energy and Commerce Committee member Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) highlighted in an op-ed in The Hill the impact these regulations could have on his district, “I represent a district with about 60,000 manufacturing jobs. These hard working Americans in both small and large businesses should not be faced with the choice of complying with EPA regulations or staying in business.”

These regulations will threaten jobs, production, and economic growth. Hundreds of bipartisan local, state, and national elected leaders oppose this rule and support retaining the current standard. 

October 1, 2015

EPA ozone rule costly, duplicative, unnecessary

By: Rep. Bob Latta

Soon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed ozone rule is expected to go into effect. It stands to be the costliest regulation in history, imposing new standards that are overly burdensome, technically unattainable and deficiently demonstrative of providing any environmental or public health benefits. 

Unfortunately, this administration has chosen to ignore the ramifications of this rule while promoting an increasingly radical environmental agenda. The argument in favor of this – and a growing number of new polices – builds upon a deceptive premise, one that implies the protection of our environment is incompatible with fostering the growth of our energy and manufacturing sectors.  

This is a false choice. States and industry have already demonstrated the ability to balance environmental stewardship and promote the economic growth these industries have provided.    

Recent data has shown that the adherence to current regulations – both state and federal – and to industry best practices, is already working to reduce ozone while still allowing for economic growth. The

EPA’s own data indicates that U.S. ozone precursor emissions have been cut in half since 1980, reducing ozone in the air by 33 percent. 

This new ozone rule, proposed last year as part of the Administration’s climate agenda, will revise the EPA’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) from the current standard of 75 parts per billion to a level between 65-70…

I represent a district with about 60,000 manufacturing jobs. These hard working Americans in both small and large businesses should not be faced with the choice of complying with EPA regulations or staying in business.  

A recent poll showed 69 percent of Ohioans think a stricter ozone rule would make it harder for local businesses to start new operations or grow existing ones. This conclusion has also been reached by the manufacturing, energy, construction and transportation industries. 

The EPA, when proceeding with new regulations, must take into consideration what is actually achievable, and what would cause significant harm to our economy. Recognizing the great burden the ozone rule would place on business both large and small across the country, Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) and I recently reintroduced the Clean Air, Strong Economies (CASE) Act, which would require the EPA to include feasibility and economic impact assessments when issuing major rules under the Clean Air Act. 

This bipartisan legislation would allow the agency to balance improving our air quality, while ensuring the process does the least harm to our economy. 

We all want clean air. We want to preserve the environment for our children and future generations. We also need to create the best environment for our businesses to prosper. Despite what the administration is purporting, we are already demonstrating the ability to do both: preserving our environment and growing our economy through best practices, and commonsense regulations.

To read the full op-ed online, click here.


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