January 21, 2018

Action Alert: Ask Congress to Delay the Ozone Rule

06/07/2016

Please act now and send a message to Washington that the EPA’s Ground Level Ozone rule will slow economic growth in communities across the country. This Wednesday, June 8, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on legislation slowing the rollout of future Clean Air Act rules and delaying EPA’s most recent ozone standard. 

The Ozone Standards Implementation Act, H.R. 4775, delays until 2025 the EPA’s deadline for implementing the new standards as well as modifying the process by which the EPA develops new National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone and all other pollutants. This bill will give communities the chance to catch up to existing regulations and make sure they can create jobs and maintain a healthy environment for future generations.

The EPA’s Ground Level Ozone rule will reduce ground level ozone levels from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70ppb and is described by experts as the costliest regulation in U.S history. Some environmental groups had sought to go further and called for a 60ppb level, classifying the entire U.S. as a non-attainment zone. A non-attainment designation for American towns and cities means restrictions on facility expansion, highway infrastructure projects to relieve congestion and reduce pollution, and investment in economic growth. 

The Ozone Standards Implementation Act would give states the time needed to implement the new standards and avoid unnecessary, harmful and costly non-attainment designations by requiring the EPA to develop new NAAQS every ten years, rather than five. This will ensure that states are given time to fully implement existing standards before changing them.

Contact your Representative TODAY by clicking here and ask them to support H.R. 4775, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act.