Legislative Fix Needed for Clean Air Act

Manufacturers Call on Congress for Action

Washington, D.C., July 9, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy Ross Eisenberg issued the following statement:

“Last week, the Supreme Court sent back another Environmental Protection Agency regulation that was written under a legally flawed interpretation of the Clean Air Act.

Few can debate the effectiveness of the Clean Air Act at improving air quality in this country over the past several decades. Increasingly, however, the Administration is applying the Clean Air Act in such a way that it is leaving states with a diminished role in what is supposed to be a cooperative federalism system, the costs for individual rules are exponentially increasing, and manufacturers and other regulated sectors are left waiting years for courts to resolve overreaching regulations. We all want clean air, but we need policies that support a sustainable environment without unnecessarily handcuffing the economy and our nation’s job creators—manufacturers. We can do better.

As manufacturers await final rules on ozone and greenhouse gases—regulations where costs reach into the trillions of dollars and millions of jobs are put at risk—we implore members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to work together toward a more modern federal air regulatory system. Manufacturers know we can have a safe environment and strong economy, but we need policies that are balanced and achievable to continue investing and growing. It is time for Congress to take a serious look at modernizing the Clean Air Act.”

To learn more about the costs of environmental regulations, such as the proposed ozone rule, visit our website at http://nam.org/ozone.


The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.09 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.

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