A Call to Stop the EPA’s New Ozone Proposal
PESA supports maintaining the national air standards for ozone at 75 parts per billion (ppb) set in 2008 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The U.S. government has a responsibility to keep federal regulations sensible and not needlessly change standards that could result in unnecessary cost increases for consumers, job losses for workers and less energy security for America.
While the 2008 guidelines have only recently been fully implemented by the EPA, there has been significant progress made. Studies show ground level ozone in the United States dropped 18 percent between 2000 and 2013. Even as the number of vehicle miles traveled increased over 95 percent from 1980 to 2013, the country’s emissions of air pollutants decreased by 62 percent – a result due in part to the petroleum industry’s more modernized equipment and facilities.
The EPA is disregarding the nation’s progress, politicizing the standard-setting process, and proposing a new ozone regulation that could lower the standard to 60 ppb. The unnecessary, new standard could cost the U.S. economy upwards of $270 billion per year and put millions of jobs at risk.
The National Association of Manufacturers—the largest manufacturer organization in the U.S.—launched a multi-million dollar advertising campaign against the pending proposal to tighten environmental protocols for regulating ozone. The advertisements highlight the fact that under the proposed ozone restrictions, even our pristine national parks would not be able to meet the new environmental standards. (source: www.ibtimes.com)
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Cost of EPA’s Proposed 60ppb Standard Regulation
Reduce the present value of GDP by nearly $4.5 trillion through 2040
Result in a loss of 4.3 million job equivalents per year
Cost households $2,040 annually
Increase industrial natural gas costs by an average of 52 percent
Increase electricity costs by an average of 23 percent