Simple, but Critical Request

Over 260 Associations and Business Groups Ask President to Keep the Current Ozone Standard

Washington, D.C., July 29, 2015 – With a little more than two months remaining before the Obama Administration finalizes its ozone rule—a regulation that could amount to the costliest ever—the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Business Roundtable and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, along with over 260 associations and business groups, sent a letter to President Obama urging him to retain the current standard.

Businesses and manufacturers are committed to ensuring a clean and safe environment and have played a critical role in improving ozone levels by 33 percent since 1980. However, this regulation threatens to handcuff manufacturers, stunt job creation and is far from the balance needed.

“We join the governors, lieutenant governors and attorneys general from more than half of U.S. states as well as the hundreds of federal, state and local elected officials, county commissioners, community leaders, economic development organizations, environmental regulators, transportation boards and citizens who have written, called or met with your Administration with their simple, but critical request: Please retain the existing 75 parts per billion (ppb) standard for ground-level ozone. Let us meet these requirements before moving the targets again,” the letter stated.

This letter is the base for a print ad that will run this Thursday and Friday in The Washington Post and The New York Times, continuing the NAM’s multimillion-dollar campaign advocating and educating on the impacts of the proposed ozone regulation.

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