Administration Should Abandon Discretionary Reconsideration of Ozone Standard

EPA Ozone Effort Causes Uncertainty for Manufacturers Despite Delay

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement following the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that it needs more time to finalize the proposed ozone standard: 

“Manufacturers have made it very clear that this discretionary action by the EPA to revise the ozone standard would harm the economy and threaten job creation. Today the Administration took yet another step in delaying the standard and manufacturers hope this is a sign that the Administration is hearing our concerns.

The economic recovery remains stalled and manufacturers are facing unprecedented regulations. Piling on an unnecessary and unrealistic ozone standard would be yet another setback. Studies show the proposed ozone standard could result in millions of jobs lost and $1 trillion per year in compliance costs.

We ask the President and his Administration to abandon their current reconsideration efforts until a review is required in 2013 and to carefully consider the drastic consequences this standard will have on job growth and the struggling economy.”