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Upton and Whitfield: EPA’s Ozone Regulations Could be a “Last Straw” for Fragile Economy


As states are still scrambling to meet 2008 standards, communities cannot afford to be sidelined into “no growth” zones

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) issued the following statement regarding the regulations announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency revising the current National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ground-level ozone.

Upton and Whitfield commented:

“Ozone levels are down one third since 1980 and continue to trend downward thanks to the stringent standards already on the books, and that’s good news. But these new standards yank the rug out from under many communities who are still scrambling to implement the 2008 standards. Even some of our national parks will not be in compliance.

“Our economy is teetering as wild fluctuations have defined a volatile global market. And the administration’s response? 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.

“Countless communities cannot afford to be sidelined into ‘no growth’ zones – jobs, manufacturing, and economic growth will greatly suffer,” said Upton and Whitfield.


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