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As Ozone-Related Emissions Decline, New Standard Could Stop New
U.S. Manufacturing Investment Made Possible By Shale Gas

WASHINGTON (June 11, 2013) - Cal Dooley , President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), released the following statement in advance of a hearing tomorrow in the House Subcommittee on Environment, "Background Check: Achievability of New Ozone Standards." In 2008, as part of the normal review process, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ozone standard was lowered from 84 parts per billion (ppb) to 75 ppb.  

"We're glad the Committee is examining the impacts of a potential new and stricter EPA ozone standard which EPA may propose later this year. With ozone concentrations falling, a lower standard is unnecessary and would jeopardize significant new manufacturing investment in many areas of the country. Chemistry companies have announced plans for more than 110 projects representing $77 billion in capital spending, and other industries stand to benefit as the downstream effects of  abundant, affordable shale gas supplies are felt. A reduction in EPA's ozone standard would erode the business confidence that underlies these major U.S. investments.

"Industry has significantly reduced NOx and VOC emissions, precursors to ozone, over the past 20 years with state-of-the-art technology. In many cases, forcing states to try and meet a lower standard would inhibit new business investments and expansion in the chemical industry. We urge the Administration to move forward with the yet-to-be-implemented 2008 reduced ozone standard, which will enable continued improvement in America's air quality while protecting jobs and economic growth."

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