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Legislation Will Address Implementation Concerns

WASHINGTON (June 3, 2015) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response to a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee  hearing on the challenges and implications of EPA's proposed National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS), and related legislation. In November 2014, EPA proposed lowering the ozone NAAQS from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 65-70 ppb .

"We welcome today's hearing on the impact and achievability of EPA's proposal. We remain concerned about the Agency's plan to lower the ozone standards, which is unsupported by health science evidence, will not result in cleaner air and could stall manufacturing growth.

"A lower ozone standard could impede manufacturing expansion in many American communities. Many states would be unable to meet a lower standard, resulting in burdensome and costly regulatory requirements that create uncertainty in investment projects that can ultimately make them not worth the trouble.

"Today's ozone standard is the most stringent ever and has not been fully implemented across the country. EPA should focus on helping states come into compliance, as the Agency pledged to do when it issued final implementation rules this past March. We hope the Administrator will use her discretion under the Clean Air Act to retain today's standard.

"Congress can play a role in requiring EPA to address implementation concerns. S. 638, the 'Commonsense Legislative Exceptional Events Reforms Act'; S. 751, the 'Clean Air, Strong Economies (CASE) Act'; and S. 640, the 'Ozone Regulatory Delay and Extension of Assessment Length (ORDEAL) Act' all focus on problems with the NAAQS standard-setting process and should be examined as potential solutions to the upcoming ozone standard."

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