NPRA says proposed changes to US ozone standard will harm job growth
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed changes to US federal standards regulating ozone could inflict serious harm on America’s economy, job growth and consumers, said Gregory Scott, executive vice president and general counsel of NPRA, the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, in a statement today to an EPA advisory panel.
The Environmental Protection
Agencys (EPA) proposed changes to US federal standards
regulating ozone could inflict serious harm on Americas
economy, job growth and consumers, said Gregory Scott,
executive vice president and general counsel of NPRA, the
National Petrochemical & Refiners
Association, in a statement today to an EPA advisory
The proposed NAAQS for ozone will have a great, and
potentially very negative, impact on the nations economy
and whether the current economy rebound can be sustained,
Mr. Scott said. It will have a great, and again
potentially very negative, impact on the prospects for job
creation and retention over the next decade. And its impact on
American citizens the motorists, truckers, farmers and
families that drive our great nation will be felt for
years to come.
Mr. Scotts statement to the Clean Air Scientific Advisory
Committees Ozone Review Panel was given during a
teleconference held as the panel considers proposed revisions
to the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards for
Air quality is improving and risks are declining without
a change to the Ozone NAAQS, Mr. Scott said.
Cleaner fuels and cleaner facilities are contributing to this
trend and will continue to do so in the future as current
programs are fully implemented. The current ozone NAAQS
standard and many existing continuing air quality improvement
programs are working and will continue to protect public health
in the future.
EPA typically reviews federal air quality regulations every
five years, as required by the Clean Air Act. Although the
current standard for ozone was established in 2008, EPA is
expected to issue changes to the standard this July.
I urge you to undertake your work cautiously and with
full knowledge that the advice you provide to the EPA
administrator will impact the lives, livelihoods, jobs and
futures of hundreds of millions of Americans across the
nation, Mr. Scott told the panel.