Anticipating the Ozone Rule in Atlanta

By March 10, 2008Energy

A good scene-setter in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the EPA’s new final rule on ground-level ozone emissions, expected Wednesday.

A new standard “is completely unnecessary,” said Republican Sens. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and George Voinovich of Ohio, who joined four colleagues in sending a letter to the EPA.

The senators said a tighter anti-pollution rule “could trigger layoffs nationwide, further eroding U.S. economic competitiveness, and place upward pressures on consumer inflation, further diminishing the standard of living enjoyed by the majority of our citizens.”

We actually have some pretty good figures on the costs of the rule to the Atlanta region. From Sherian Wilburn, executive director of the Georgia Industry Association (GIA):

The benefits are questionable, the costs clear, and they are enormous…The proposed rule change would cost the Atlanta metro $143.8 billion and 165,200 jobs. The Administration’s decision to change the ozone rule will be made in D.C., but its impacts will be felt across Georgia. Atlanta’s economic strength is needlessly being put to the test – EPA’s own estimates show that ozone levels have decreased 21 percent from 1980-2006.

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