EPA Must Fix Permitting Paradox Created by New Ozone Regulations

EPA’s action puts chemical industry investment at risk. We are concerned that some projects—new facilities, plant expansions and factory restarts—will remain in limbo until EPA explains how to obtain a permit under the new standards. » News Release on EPA Final Ozone Standards

America’s chemical makers create innovative products that help protect the environment, from fuel additives to lightweight, recyclable plastic packaging to “scrubbers” at coal-fired power facilities that dramatically reduce pollution. In fact, a groundbreaking study in 2009 by McKinsey & Company found that products of chemistry save twice the greenhouse gas emissions than are emitted making the products.

We employ this innovative spirit at our own facilities through the Responsible Care® initiative that is mandatory for all ACC members. Among the results: Between 2008 and 2013, Responsible Care companies have reduced hazardous releases to the air, land and water by more than 75 percent, SOx emissions by about 47 percent, and NOx emissions by about 36 percent.

But there is more to be done. While we continuously improve our own performance, we also advocate cost-effective laws and regulations that improve our nation’s overall environmental performance and provide clear direction for American manufacturing.

America’s environmental policies must promote the shared national goal of a healthy environment while encouraging innovation and high-skilled, high-paying jobs in the business of chemistry here at home.

Environmental Regulations

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that would restrict emissions from myriad facilities are impractical and will cost American jobs—these regulations must be improved or stopped.

  • Ozone: A dramatically lower ozone standard would impose significant costs and complexity on new manufacturing projects. EPA should fully implement the current standard before moving forward with lowering the standard.

  • Boiler MACT: EPA’s standards on air emissions for hundreds of thousands of enterprises contain provisions need more work to be achievable—these standards must be improved.

  • Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions: EPA’s regulations on GHG emissions from industrial facilities are ill-founded and would impose new requirements on potentially millions of stationary sources across the country.

Superfund Taxes

Reinstating Superfund taxes on America’s chemical makers to help pay for hazardous waste site cleanup would unfairly target companies that did not create the sites and would erode our ability to compete globally.