Timmons Sends Letters to Mayors on True Cost of Ozone Regulation

Lower Standard Would Result in Devastating Economic Consequences

Washington, D.C., September 30, 2015 – Across the country, governors, members of Congress, local air regulators and elected leaders have been vocal opponents of the Obama Administration’s proposed ozone rule. Today, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons sent letters to signatories of a recent letter supporting a 60 parts per billion (ppb) ozone standard. Timmons’ letter and excerpts below highlight not only the need for balanced regulations, but also the drastic consequences of this proposed regulation and a 60 ppb standard:

“Like you, manufacturers in America are working for cleaner air and water. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) represents the 12 million men and women who work in manufacturing. They have families and live in communities all across our great country where we focus on improving the health, safety and quality of life for all. A 60 ppb standard would threaten that quality of life and would result in devastating economic consequences and job losses for Americans in localities just like the one you represent.

“This regulation’s strict mandates will force manufacturers to shut down, scrap or modify existing facilities. This means higher costs for consumers and lost jobs.

“If your city happens to fall out of compliance with the new standard, the challenges for manufacturers become even greater—and so do the challenges for your local government and citizens.”

To learn more, visit our website at http://www.nam.org/ozone and to read the full letter, click here.


-NAM-

 

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.