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Manufacturers Move to Intervene in Ozone Standard Lawsuit

smogThe National Association of Manufacturers has moved to intervene in a lawsuit that challenges the Obama administration’s ozone standard.

The new rule, issued in the fall, limits ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion from 75 ppb.

“As the courts debate the legality of this new regulation, manufacturers are already feeling the impacts of this overly burdensome and unworkable rule,” says NAM senior vice president and general counsel Linda Kelly. “This could be one of the most expensive regulations in history, creating significant barriers to manufacturers’ ability to open new plants and expand existing operations. As the administration continues to pile regulations on our nation’s manufacturers, we will continue to challenge these overreaching rules in court.”

The EPA says the updated National Ambient Air Quality Standards will reduce the public’s exposure to ozone pollution and says the public health benefits of the updated standards, estimated at $2.9 to $5.9 billion annually in 2025, outweigh the estimated annual costs of $1.4 billion.

While the new smog standards aren’t as stringent as they could have been — the EPA originally proposed strengthening the air quality standards to within a range of 65 ppb to 70 ppb while taking comment on a level as low as 60 ppb — NAM immediately issued a statement calling the rule “overly burdensome, costly and misguided.”

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One thought on “Manufacturers Move to Intervene in Ozone Standard Lawsuit

  1. The National association of Manufacturers (NAM) is simply repeating it’s standard knee-jerk response to EPA proposals. But the fact of the matter is, that the industry will not be significantly adversely affected; and furthermore the industry needs to acknowledge it’s part in creating the environmental problems being addressed and it needs to shoulder it’s part of the cost to fix those problems – period. After all, does the industry use a portion of Earth’s natural resources? Does it contribute to pollution? The obvious answers are “YES” – and therefore, the industry has a responsibility to clean up it’s act. We, the public, suffer as long as the industry continues to ‘freeload’ as they currently do.
    Check out these old EL links: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2007/06/22/industries-criticize-epas-proposed-clean-air-rules/ and http://www.environmentalleader.com/2014/11/28/smog-rule-released/. These were NAM knee-jerk reactions related to “EPA’s proposed standards [that] seek to reduce ozone levels from 84 parts per billion … to between 70 and 75 parts per billion”; and they both contain very similar protests from industry groups. Back then, the NAM claimed that the proposed rule would have a “very detrimental impact on manufacturing employment”. But the funny thing is that the rule was in fact implemented, and it did not cause any of the manufacturing harm that the NAM raged on about. And this more recent EL link contains more NAM bleatings that are similarly without foundation in any truth: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2014/08/01/nera-study-predicts-high-costs-for-proposed-ozone-regulations/. Does any of this NAM nonsense sound familiar after having read the article of today?
    The same ‘chicken little‘ is again claiming that the sky will now fall due to the new ozone proposal.
    If anybody is willing to believe this new ‘falling sky’ refrain, I have a bridge to sell.

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