June 26, 2019

Washington Wire: House Passes Delay of EPA Ozone Rule


House Passes Delay of EPA Ozone Rule  

Thanks to the efforts of One Voice members like you, the House of Representatives has approved a bill 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, passed yesterday by a vote of 234-177. The bill now heads to the Senate, where we are still several votes short of the 60 needed for passage.  
The Ozone Standards Implementation Act 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 by requiring the EPA to develop new NAAQS every ten years, rather than five. 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.



Chemicals Reform Bill Headed to White House
A bipartisan bill to reform the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) is on its way to the President after clearing Congress this week. On June 7, the Senate passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. The measure updates the nation’s chemicals law for the first time in forty years providing a uniform compliance system for manufacturers. Currently, businesses face a myriad of different regulations and standards in virtually all fifty states, adding significant burdens to businesses who ship across the country. The House approved the measure by a 403-12 vote in May.