Former Indiana, N.C. officials criticize EPA on ozone

By December 27, 2007Economy

EPA’s proposed new ozone rule just doesn’t make sense.

The agency’s current ozone standard helped clear smog from America’s skies and needs more time to go into full effect.

But a new proposal to adopt a more stringent ozone standard isn’t based on sound science, would be unattainable in many parts of the United States, and seriously dampen economic growth. EPA plans to announce the new rule by March 2008.

So far the proposed ozone rule has been mostly flying below the public radar. But criticism is growing. Here’s an excerpt of what former Indiana State Rep. Bruce Carter said about the proposal in an editorial in today’s South Bend Tribune:

The hard work we have made to date is just now having an impact on the quality of our air. Let’s continue to reap the benefits of these efforts before we change a standard that will result in significant economic hardship on Indiana.

And former North Carolina Gov. James Martin said this in a recent letter to the editor in The Dispatch of Lexington, N.C.:

What is most alarming is that this proposed regulation by the EPA is not based on solid, reliable science. In addition, the EPA estimates the new standard will cost Americans up to $22 billion a year. As a former governor of this great state, I’m proud of what North Carolina has achieved by way of improving air quality, and I don’t want to see unnecessary regulations inhibit our state’s prosperity when we are already taking successful steps in the right direction.

For Martin’s full letter, click here.

Let’s hope EPA listens to what Martin, James and many other Americans have said about its ozone proposal and drops it.

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