What’s Going On
The challenge: The EPA has proposed imposing stricter air regulations on U.S. that would not only hurt existing manufacturing facilities but could also jeopardize both American manufacturing competitiveness and current and future investments in innovation, including new clean energy manufacturing, that are critical to addressing climate change.
The facts: Analysis conducted by Oxford Economics and commissioned by the NAM warns that these new regulations are projected to threaten $162.4 billion to $197.4 billion of economic activity and put 852,100 to 973,900 current jobs at risk, both directly from manufacturing and indirectly from supply chain spending. In addition, growth in restricted areas may be constrained, limiting investment and expansion over the coming years. Due to these limited opportunities for expansion or investment, these areas in nonattainment could lose out on an additional $138.4 billion in output and 501,000 jobs through 2027.
What we’re doing about it: The NAM is rallying manufacturers to urge EPA to reconsider its proposal and urging Congress, if given the opportunity, to oppose these harmful tightened regulations. Protecting manufacturers’ ability to invest in the development of innovative modern technologies that address air quality, reduce emissions and protect the environment, while protecting manufacturing jobs and growing the economy is a top priority.
Using Our Voice
Can we share your story? The voice of manufacturers is one of our most powerful tools in helping to reach key decision makers in Washington who can protect manufacturers from unnecessary red tape that will weaken America’s competitiveness. Tell us how these regulations threaten your company’s operations or why you think they pose a significant risk to the industry Please contact NAM Director of Issue Advocacy Sarah Hoffman.
Take action below. Together, we can make sure that the voice of our industry reaches key decision makers in Washington who can oppose these harmful regulations. Simply complete the form below to submit a customized message to your members of Congress.
Key findings from the NAM’s new report highlight the direct threat posed by the EPA’s proposed standard on manufacturing’s sustainable innovation that boosts economic growth and creates jobs.
- Proposed regulations are projected to threaten $162.4 billion to $197.4 billion of economic activity and put 852,100 to 973,900 current jobs at risk, both directly from manufacturing and indirectly from supply chain spending.
- The regulations create a total economic exposure of $87.4 billion for manufacturing economic activity, equal to 2.4% of the U.S. manufacturing sector’s gross value added.
- The number of manufacturing jobs associated with this exposed activity is 311,600, or 1.9% of all U.S. manufacturing employment.
- Manufacturing in the U.S. exposed to the proposed standard supports between $75 billion and $110 billion in GDP and between 540,500 and 662,300 jobs in the U.S. through supply chain spending.
- Due to limits on expansion and investment, the proposed rule would put at risk approximately $138.4 billion of gross value added (in 2021 prices) and 501,000 jobs in 2027 in areas of nonattainment.
- Under the proposed rule, 200 counties could be placed out of attainment.
- California’s manufacturing sector will be most exposed, followed by Michigan and Illinois.
- Manufacturing operations in the U.S. are environmentally cleaner than the global average.
From the NAM Newsroom
Don’t miss the latest news and insights from the NAM newsroom and the media on manufacturers’ work to educate the EPA and Congress to on why these regulations threaten manufacturers ability to invest in themselves and the workforce.
- NAM Story: Michigan Homebuilders Push Back on Air Quality Proposal July 28, 2023
- NAM Story: Illinois Chemical Industry Warns Against New EPA Standard July 26, 2023
- NAM Story: Ohio Grapples with EPA Air Quality Rules July 20, 2023
- NAM Story: West Virginians Push Back on Stricter EPA Air Standards July 19, 2023
- NAM Story: California Agriculture Workers Warn Against EPA Proposal July 13, 2023
- NAM Press Release: ANALYSIS: New EPA Regulations Threaten at Least 852,100 Jobs and $162.4 Billion in Economic Activity May 10, 2023
- Fox Business: Biden climate regulation could jeopardize nearly a million jobs, tank economic activity by billions: study May 9, 2023
- NAM Resource: What They Are Saying
- NAM Story: NAM Speaks Out Against New EPA Regulations February 28, 2023
- Bloomberg Law: EPA Soot Rule Faces Pressure From Both Advocates and Industry Feb. 22, 2022
- Fox Business: Manufacturers to EPA: We’re leading air quality gains, we don’t need more rules February 21, 2023
- NAM Story: NAM Pushes Back on Harmful New Air Regulations February 9, 2023
- NAM Press Release: Manufacturers: Improving Air Quality Is a Top Priority; EPA Announcement Is the Wrong Approach January 6, 2023
- NAM Press Release: Manufacturers Urge Caution on EPA “Good Neighbor” Plan March 11, 2022
Manufacturers have long led the way in efforts to reduce air pollution and improve air quality. Yet, new proposed regulations from the federal government will work against these efforts instead of bolstering them. Learn more: https://t.co/mx54QB596G pic.twitter.com/rp0KLirIaf
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