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American Business Leaders Urge President Obama to Stay Discretionary EPA Ozone Regulation That Threatens Job Creation, Economic Recovery


Contacts: Joe Crea, Business Roundtable, (202) 496-3288 | Carlton Carroll, American Petroleum Institute, (202) 682-8114 | Jeff Ostermeyer, National Association of Manufacturers, (202) 637-3090 | Kevan Chapman, National Federation of Independent Business, (202) 314-2041 | Mike Donohue, American Chemistry Council, (202) 249-6504 | Bryan Goettel, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, (202) 463-5889

In Letter, Groups Representing Small and Large Companies Across the Nation Warn That Out-of-Cycle Rule Will Stunt U.S. Economic Growth

Washington, D.C. (August 3, 2011) – Business Roundtable, American Petroleum Institute, National Association of Manufacturers, National Federation of Independent Business, American Chemistry Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today sent a letter to President Obama urging him to delay issuing new ozone standards until 2013, when a review of air quality standards is required by law. The business associations said:

“As associations that represent thousands of American businesses, both large and small, who employ millions of U.S. workers, we...strongly urge you to refrain from finalizing this rule and instead wait for the scientific review process currently underway in support of the required 2013 review to take its course.

“All of us value clean air. ...All of us breathe the same air and so do our families. We appreciate the fact that ground-level ozone levels continue to drop across most of the United States under the current de facto standard established in 1997. Moreover, U.S. companies are proactively making significant investments to meet the stricter de jure standard established in 2008, even though it has not yet been implemented.

“The newest standard proposed by EPA, however, likely would cast hundreds of counties across the United States out of compliance, making it difficult for businesses to build new facilities in those counties or expand existing ones. ...

“...EPA’s proposed rule, whether the final standard is 0.060 parts per million (ppm) or 0.070 ppm, would limit business expansion in nearly every populated region of the United States and impair the ability of U.S. companies to create new jobs.

“Mr. President, we urge you to delay this discretionary, out-of-cycle ozone standard and wait until 2013 before determining whether a new standard is needed. Now is not the time to saddle our economy with the extraordinary costs associated with EPA’s proposed national ozone standard.”

To illustrate the enormous county-by-county impact of the proposed regulations, Business Roundtable has developed an online, interactive map that shows how most monitored U.S. counties would be unable to comply with the new rule. The map is available at: www.brt.org/ozonemap.

» view a copy of the business letter to President Obama

Business Roundtable (BRT) is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies with nearly $6 trillion in annual revenues and more than 13 million employees. BRT member companies comprise nearly a third of the total value of the U.S. stock market and invest more than $114 billion annually in research and development—nearly half of all private U.S. R&D spending. Our companies pay more than $179 billion in dividends to shareholders. BRT companies give nearly $9 billion a year in combined charitable contributions.

API represents more than 470 oil and natural gas companies, leaders of a technology-driven industry that supplies most of America’s energy, supports more than 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $86 million in revenue to our government every day, and, since 2000, has invested nearly $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.

The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states.  Manufacturing has a presence in every single congressional district providing good, high-paying jobs.  For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.

NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $720 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation’s largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. 

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