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WASHINGTON (May 17, 2016) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in advance of a House Energy and Commerce Committee markup and vote on legislation to reform the implementation process for new air quality standards. On October 1, 2015, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lowered the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone to 70 parts per billion.

"We commend Chairman Upton and the sponsors and supporters of H.R. 4775, and we look forward to tomorrow's vote. Their efforts will help ensure that manufacturers who want to build or expand in the U.S. are able to obtain regulatory permits in a timely, transparent and efficient manner. Under today's flawed process, it often takes years for EPA to provide the necessary rules and guidance, putting investment and job growth at risk.

"The Ozone Standards Implementation Act combines elements of several previous bills . It sets a ten-year interval for NAAQS reviews, requires EPA to issue guidance concurrent with any new standards and leaves the 2008 permitting requirements in effect until nonattainment area designations for the 2015 standards have been made. These and other provisions will provide greater regulatory certainty to state air-quality agencies and businesses alike.

"We thank the Committee for their ongoing efforts to reform the implementation process for new air standards, and we applaud Reps. Pete Olson, Bill Flores , Bob Latta, Steve Scalise and Henry Cuellar for developing the bill. We look forward to working with them to secure passage of H.R. 4775 on the House floor."

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