Proposed Smog Rule Casts Economic Pall

By February 1, 2008General

EPA is proposing a new ozone rule that is unscientific, unattainable in many parts of the country and will cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars and many, many jobs.

The word on how damaging the rule is spreading. the Georgia Industry Association, an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, recently cited a study that said Georgia alone could lose $150 billion and hundreds of thousands of jobs.

According to a Macon Telegraph news story this week, former North Carolina Gov. James Martin told lawmakers about how dangerous the proposal is. “New tougher standards could double industry’s costs, and the health benefits are dubious, at best,” Martin said.

Here’s a link to the story.

EPA is set to release its final ozone decision in March.

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