Ozone Regulations

Upcoming EPA Regulations Could Put Your Local Economy At Risk

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Stories from the #NoGrowZone

“This regulation changes the rules in the middle of the game.”

Steve Staub, Staub Manufacturing Solutions

Neenah Executive Highlights Impact of Ozone Regulations


Poll Shows More Than Two-Thirds of Americans Are Happy with Their Air Quality

“Manufacturers across the country will feel the impact of this tightened ozone standard, and that is especially true of Neenah Enterprises. If the administration moves forward with a more stringent standard, we will be faced with regulatory restrictions that may keep us from expanding and inflict enormous costs. For years, we have worked with state and local leaders in Wisconsin to make huge strides to do our part to improve air quality. It’s frustrating that Washington would step in now and impose new rules that would undermine our ability to balance economic growth and environmental progress.”

Tom Riordan, President and CEO of Neenah Enterprises and Chair of the NAM’s Small and Medium Manufacturers Group, June 18, 2015


What You Need to Know

Manufacturing Matters: With Friends Like Washington...

Tightening the existing 75 parts per billion (ppb) ozone standard to the EPA’s proposed 65 ppb will result in an estimated economic cost of $140 billion per year.

The EPA has identified only one-third of the technology and control systems needed to meet the stricter regulatory standard. The EPA can’t even tell manufacturers how to comply.

Since 1980, ozone-forming emissions have fallen by more than 50 percent, and the manufacturing sector continues to go further by investing in new technologies and equipment that will ensure this downward trend continues.


By a nearly three-to-one margin, Americans think that a bigger problem for their local area is “less economic growth and job opportunities caused by regulations” (66%) rather than “lower air quality caused by pollution” (23%).

Three-in-four (76%) respondents believe that stricter federal air quality regulations would increase their taxes; 65% believe they would make it harder for local businesses to start or grow; and 78% believe that they would increase costs on everyday goods and services.

Most respondents prefer that decisions about the federal air quality be handled by local officials (46%) or state officials (29%). Less than one-in-five (18%) respondents think the federal government should have more of a say over air quality regulations in their local area.

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Reduce U.S. GDP by $140 billion per year and $1.7 trillion from 2017 to 2040

Result in 1.4 million fewer job equivalents on average through 2040

Cost the average U.S. household $830 per year in the form of lost consumption

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