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#SubEnvironment to Examine Legislation to Provide States Flexibility in Implementing Ozone Standards


WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Environment, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), today announced a hearing for Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 10 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “HR 806, Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017.”

Next week, the subcommittee will hold a legislative hearing on H.R. 806, Ozone Standards Implementation Act, introduced by Subcommittee on Energy Vice Chairman Pete Olson (R-TX). The legislation builds on the committee’s work last year to provide a commonsense solution that gives states the flexibility needed to implement the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone on an efficient and realistic timeline. In October 2015, while states and communities were just beginning to implement the 2008 standards following long-overdue EPA guidance, EPA revised those standards and imposed additional new planning and compliance obligations on states. Now states face the prospect of simultaneously implementing plans for two ozone standards.

“Ozone levels are down one-third since 1980 and continue to trend downward, yet states are now expected to divert resources from these ongoing efforts in order to simultaneously implement duplicative, stringent standards,” said Chairman Shimkus. “This commonsense bill will provide states the time and flexibility needed to implement these standards while working to protect public health, jobs, and economic growth. Next week’s hearing will be the first-step in bringing much needed regulatory relief to the states.”

For a fact sheet on the bill, click HERE.

The Majority Memorandum, witness list, and witness testimony for the hearing will all be available here as they are posted.



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