60 Conservative Organizations to Congress; Reform the EPA's Ozone Standard to Save American Jobs

Washington, D.C. - In a letter sent to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman James Inhofe, leading conservative and free-market organizations - including Heather Higgins of Independent Women's Voice, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, Tom Pyle of American Energy Alliance, and Brent Gardner of Americans for Prosperity -- insist Congress take legislationve action on the Environmental Protection Agency's National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for Ozone and call for lawmakers to reform the regulatory process for ozone and other pollutants regulated under NAAQS. The coaltions says without any changes to the ozone regulation or rulemaking process, America will expereience extreme economic consequences. 

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60 Conservative Organizations to Congress:

Reform the EPA’s Ozone Standard to Save American Jobs 

 

May 9, 2016

 

Dear House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Upton and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Inhofe:

 

On behalf of the 60 organizations listed below and the millions of Americans represented, we urge you to take action on the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for Ozone and to reform the rulemaking process for ozone and other pollutants regulated under NAAQS. Without changes to the ozone regulation and reform of the rulemaking process, economic activity could be brought to a standstill in many areas across the country.

The ozone regulation has questionable benefits, but certain economic costs. Last year, when the EPA lowered the compliant level of ozone from 75 to 70 parts per billion (ppb), it estimated the regulation would cost $1.4 billion annually and admitted the cost of the regulation greatly outweighed the benefits of further ozone reductions. Previous cost estimates by the EPA ranged between $3.4 and $25 billion annually. The only way EPA could justify the regulation was to use questionable cobenefits. In reducing ozone, there may also be benefits from reductions of other pollutants, in this case particulate matter (PM). However, the EPA already has another set of regulations dealing exclusively with PM. Either the EPA has woefully inadequate standards for PM or it is effectively “double counting” the health benefits of PM reductions to justify the ozone regulation.

The EPA had to use questionable co-benefits to justify the regulation because of the tremendous reductions in ozone already achieved. Since 1980, ozone concentrations have fallen by 33%. In many areas across the county, ozone concentrations are nearing background levels – concentrations resulting from natural and nonlocal manmade sources. Before finalizing the current regulation, EPA was considering an ozone standard so strict Yellowstone National Park would have been noncompliant.

Many states are still working to implement the 2008 standard of 75 ppb. 177 counties, which contain just under one-third of the U.S. population, are designed as nonattainment areas under the 2008 standard. By making the ozone standard stricter, the EPA has made it significantly harder for these counties to be in compliance and ignores their hard work at meeting the prior standard.

The ozone regulation places a tremendous burden on communities 2 across America. The result of a nonattainment designation can be disastrous and bring economic activity to a halt. Local governments risk losing federal highway funds. Oil and gas operations, with the royalty and tax revenue they bring, may cease. Manufacturers may be forced to relocate or shut down, destroying jobs in the process.

Given the harmful economic effects, we ask that you consider measures to change the ozone standard and reform the rulemaking process. Currently, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016 (H.R. 4775, S. 2882) is one such measure that achieves these objectives. The legislation would push back the attainment deadline for states and require economic feasibility to be considered. Additionally, it would bring much needed reform to the rulemaking process by changing the review period for pollutants under NAAQS from every 5 years to every 10.

Thank you for your consideration and work on this important issue.

 

Sincerely,

 

Brent Gardner, Vice President of Government Affairs Americans for Prosperity

Amy Noone Frederick, President 60 Plus Association

Alex St. James, Chairman Emeritus African-American Republican Leadership Council (AARLC)

Dick Patten, President American Business Defense Council

Phil Kerpen, President American Commitment

George David Banks, Executive Vice President American Council for Capital Formation

Sean Noble, President American Encore

Tom Pyle, President American Energy Alliance

Coley Jackson, President Americans for Competitive Enterprise

Peter J. Thomas, Chairman Americans for Constitutional Liberty 

Richard Manning, President Americans for Limited Government

Grover Norquist, President Americans for Tax Reform

Dan Weber, CEO Association of Mature American Citizens

Alex St. James, Executive Director Blacks Economic-Security Today Trust Fund (BEST Trust Fund)

Jeffrey Mazzella, President Center for Individual Freedom

Peter Nelson, Vice President and Senior Policy Fellow Center of the American Experiment (Minnesota)

Marita Noon, Executive Director Citizens' Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE)

Col. Francis X. De Luca USMCR(Ret), President Civitas Institute

Matt Anderson, Policy Analyst Coalition for Self-Government in the West

Tom Brinkman Jr., Chairman Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST)

Craig Rucker, Executive Director, Co-Founder Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT)

Myron Ebell, Director, Center for Energy and Environment Competitive Enterprise Institute

Tom Schatz, President Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Craig Richardson, Executive Director Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal)

Marita Noon, Executive Director Energy Makes America Great

Dick Ribbentrop, Senior Vice President, Policy Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce 

Wayne T. Brough, Ph.D., Chief Economist and VP for Research FreedomWorks

George Landrith, President Frontiers of Freedom

Mario H. Lopez, President Hispanic Leadership Fund

Wayne Hoffman, President Idaho Freedom Foundation

Amy Oliver Cooke, Executive Vice President and Director, Energy Policy Center Independence Institute

Carrie Lukas, Managing Director Independent Women's Forum

Heather Higgens, President and CEO Independent Women’s Voice

Andrew Langer, President Institute for Liberty

Sal J. Nuzzo, Vice President of Policy James Madison Institute (Florida)

Kory Swanson, President/CEO John Locke Foundation (North Carolina)

Dave Trabert, President Kansas Policy Institute

Seton Motley, President Less Government

Colin A. Hanna, President Let Freedom Ring

Connor Boyack, President Libertas Institute

Dee Hodges, President Maryland Taxpayers Association

Forest Thigpen, President Mississippi Center for Public Policy 

Brent Mead, CEO Montana Policy Institute

Harry C. Alford, President/CEO National Black Chamber of Commerce

Amy Ridenour, Chairman National Center for Public Policy Research

Willes K. Lee, President National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Pete Sepp, President National Taxpayers Union

Kevin P. Kane, President Pelican Institute for Public Policy (Louisiana)

Mike Stenhouse, CEO Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity

Paul J. Gessing, President Rio Grande Foundation (New Mexico)

William Whipple III, President Secure America's Future Economy

David Williams, President Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Judson Phillips, Founder Tea Party Nation

John Colyandro, Executive Director Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute

Brooke Rollins, President Texas Public Policy Foundation

Joseph Bast, President and CEO The Heartland Institute

Daniel Garza, Executive Director The LIBRE Initiative

Matthew Gagnon, CEO The Maine Heritage Policy Center 

Michael W. Thompson, Chairman and President Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy (Virginia)

Carl Bearden, Executive Director United for Missouri

 

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