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Lower Standards Could Slow Manufacturing Growth

WASHINGTON (June 16, 2015) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response to a joint  hearing of the House Energy and Power Subcommittee and the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, "EPA's Proposed Ozone Rule: Potential Impacts on Manufacturing." The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed lowering the ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 65-70 ppb.

"We commend Chairmen Whitfield and Burgess for calling attention to the manufacturing impacts of EPA's proposal. At the lower end of the Agency's proposed range, an estimated 2,000 counties-urban and rural-would become 'nonattainment areas,' where onerous and costly regulations create uncertainty that makes it harder for manufacturing facilities to invest and expand.

"We urge EPA to retain today's standard-the most stringent ever-and focus on helping states and facilities comply, as the Agency promised this spring. Some 120 million people live in counties that don't meet the standard. Current emission reduction programs will continue to reduce ozone concentrations through 2030.

"Pending legislation would improve the process for setting and implementing new air quality standards. The ' Promoting New Manufacturing Act' (H.R. 2557) would require EPA to issue guidance concurrent with new NAAQS, which it has failed to do in recent years. The ' Ozone Regulatory Delay and Extension of Assessment Length (ORDEAL) Act' (H.R. 1327) would give EPA more time to review and revise standards, enabling a more certain regulatory environment for state air-quality agencies and businesses."

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