What they are saying about NAAQS

Cal Dooley, President, American Chemistry Council, “we’re facing a series of regulations, and the cumulative cost of compliance and the burden of permitting is significant. An industry such as ours is poised to make significant investments in growth, but these regulations make that harder.”

ANGA, “safe and responsible oil and natural gas production in shale regions across the country is supporting 1.7 million jobs and US$238 billion in economic activity every year. This has helped fuel a renaissance in manufacturing projected to add 1 million new jobs by 2025. Meanwhile our nation’s air quality has improved dramatically. However, today’s proposed ozone rule from the EPA threatens this progress. It is a step in the wrong direction and would hinder our ability to experience a sustained economic recovery.”

Lisa Murkowski, Senator, Energy and National Resources Committee, “EPA’s proposed tightening of ozone standards threatens to put large swaths of the country into non-attainment and could be the costliest regulation in US history, which would be devastating to the economy…Yet again we’re seeing the Obama administration release an incredibly expensive regulation on the eve of a major national holiday…The administration is clearly hoping to release this at a time when the vast majority of Americans are focused elsewhere, and that alone should tell us something about it.”

Richard Metcalf, Director of Environmental Affairs, Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, “say I want to pave a road in New Orleans. If they expand the emissions standards and New Orleans falls into non-attainment, you’d have to reevaluate every road project and assign it a higher budget.”

Jay Timmons, CEO, National Association of Manufacturers, “this new ozone regulation threatens to be the most expensive ever imposed on industry in America and could jeopardise recent progress in manufacturing by placing massive new costs on manufacturers and closing off countries and states to new business by blocking projects at the permitting stage.”

Will Allison, Director, State Department of Public Health and Environment’s Air Pollution Control Division, “certainly a lower standard will raise additional challenges for the state of Colorado. Natural background levels of ozone in the West are relatively high. And targeting ozone is complicated because ozone isn’t emitted directly but is formed when sunlight hits emissions from vehicles, power plants and factories…All this makes ozone reduction especially challenging. But we have implemented and will continue to look at practical, cost effective strategies for those sources where we can make a difference.”

Bill Kovacs, US Chamber of Commerce, “the EPA’s proposal to lower the ozone standard will have potentially damaging economic consequences for this country. [The stricter standard] translates into restriction on expansion, permitting delays, increased costs to industry and an impact on transportation planning.”

Fred Upton, US Representative, Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, “this validates everything we’ve been trying to say about the potential of energy resources to recharge the US economy. It’s coming and it’s real and it will have an impact.”

James M. Inhofe, US Senator, “today we are breathing the cleanest air since the CAA was passed in the 1970s, and our country should first look to meet the current ozone standard before we even consider adding more burdensome, costly mandates.”


Adapted from report by Claira Lloyd

Published on 29/05/2015


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