EPA Ozone Rule Will Inflict Needless Economic Pain

By January 16, 2008Global Warming

EPA’s proposed ozone rule could be a job creation killer. Just ask some of the companies that are monitoring it.

One of them is Molded Fiber Glass Companies, a reinforced composites and plastics manufacturer based in Ashtabula, Ohio.

Molded Fiber Glass Companies announced it is building a wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Aberdeen, S.D., a project that could generate up to 700 jobs in that rural stretch of South Dakota.

South Dakota is in compliance with EPA smog rules but if EPA raises its ozone standard the state could go out of compliance. So manufacturers who want to open in South Dakota would have to install expensive emission control devices and purchase emission credits.

This could make that area less desirable for development, which would dampen future job creation.

The ironic thing about all this is that EPA’s proposed rule is unnecessary. The current rule has already helped clear smog from the nation’s skies and needs more time to work.

For instance, emissions from cars and trucks will fall by more than 70 percent by 2030 under existing regulations.

The other irony is that Molded Fiberglass Companies does the kind of work the government should encourage. Its wind turbines are used to generate alternative energy – electricity from wind. With oil and gas prices rising, America needs to develop energy alternatives.

And imposing a stricter ozone standard would be just another blow to the already troubled U.S. economy, Bennett told me. EPA is expected to make a decision on the new rule by March.

“Why put additional stress on our economy?” Bennett said. “People complain about the economy and jobs but appear willing to sabotage them based on questionable scientific evidence.”

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  • JKon says:

    There seems to be several inaccurate statements in this story. First, we are a few years away before a new ozone standard is finalized and counties are designated non-attainment. U.S. EPA has to go through two rule-makings. I would imagine Molded Fiber Glass will get its permit well before those new requirements would kick in. Therefore, their emission controls will fall under existing rules. There will also be no need buy emission credits as long as the plant gets its permit before the designation. Second, a whole state is not desginated non-attainment. Only counties are designated non-attainment. If the plant is being built in a rural section of the state it is highly unlikely it will be in a non-attaiment county.

    You can certainly argue the timing of a new ozone standard is poor. You can also legitimately point out more time should be given to get existing programs working. But the flagship you are using for this story is not likely to feel the effects you describe.

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