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WASHINGTON (July 28, 2015) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in advance of today's House Energy & Commerce Committee  roundtable discussion on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). EPA has proposed lowering the ozone NAAQS from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 65-70 ppb.

"We welcome today's roundtable examining the real-world impacts of EPA's plan. We remain concerned about how businesses, households and communities will be affected by a lower ozone standard, which is not supported by the health science evidence and could slow or stall manufacturing growth.

"Many areas of the country would be unable to meet a lower ozone standard. At the lower end of the range EPA proposed, more than 2000 counties in 45 states would be in non-compliance, triggering burdensome and costly regulatory requirements that create uncertainty in investment projects and could impede plans to build or expand facilities.

"Today's standard is the most stringent ever and hasn't been fully implemented. Parts of 26 states don't yet meet it. With air quality improving, EPA should focus on helping states come into compliance. We urge the Administrator to use her discretion under the Clean Air Act to retain the current standard."

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