Potential Economic Impacts of a Stricter Ozone Standard

A study by NERA Economic Consulting and commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) examines the impacts that a new ozone regulation set at 60 PPB would have on manufacturers and the economy.

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An update to the study by NERA Economic Consulting and commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) examines the impacts that a new ozone regulation set at 65 PPB would have on manufacturers and the economy.

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NERA Economic Consulting’s latest update (August 2015 Update) to its economic impact analysis of EPA’s proposed ozone rule reiterates what past analyses and manufacturers have consistently concluded—a strict new ozone rule would be more economically damaging than any single regulation in U.S. history.

In its August 2015 Update, NERA leveraged detailed work it provided on behalf of the Texas Council on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)—the regulatory agency charged with implementing this and previous ozone standards—to update its analysis for the other 47 states. NERA’s methodology for assessing economic impacts is the same as it was in its February 2015 report and July 2014 report (assessing a 60 parts per billion standard). Like the previous reports, this latest update reflects the most comprehensive and realistic assessment of economic impacts of EPA’s proposed ozone rule performed to date. And like previous reports, the conclusions are that a new ozone rule would have harmful consequences for U.S. manufacturers, employment, household costs, and the economy as a whole.

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