Message to EPA: Jobs are at Stake

By February 2, 2011Regulations

Just two years after the Environmental Protection Agency last imposed new, more costly regulations to limit economic activities that might contribute to ground-level ozone, the EPA is at it again. We can understand the political impetus: The Bush Administration was weak on the environment, and the Obama Administration is strong, so we’re going to double down.

But in the case of new ground-level ozone limits, the Bush Administration was neither weak nor strong, it was just wrong. The scientific basis for new National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) was thin and the economic consequences serious.

So the current EPA is making doubly bad policy at a time when President Obama is elevating obs and reasonable regulation Administration priorities.

Unfortunately, the proposed NAAQS is slipping below the radar amid all the other regulating the agency is forcing onto the economy. Therefore, the National Association of Manufacturers has developed a website with the message, “Tell the EPA to Stop Putting Jobs at Stake.” It features an online petition and a sample letter to express one’s views to the agency. As the website explains:

The Agency has issued a proposal that would change the current ozone standard from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to a range from 70 ppb to 60 ppb. According to a recent study by the Manufacturers Alliance (MAPI), setting the standard at 60 ppb would cost 7.3 million jobs by 2020 and add $1 trillion in new regulatory burdens between 2020 and 2030. Furthermore, the EPA is setting this new standard just two years after announcing the 75 ppb standard in 2008.

This is another example of the Agency’s overregulation and will put high-paying manufacturing jobs at stake.

The EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Panel will meet twice in the next few weeks to discuss its technical recommendations to the Agency on the new standard. This is a great opportunity for manufacturers to make their voices heard on another regulation that will cost jobs. Please sign your name to the petition below to tell the EPA not to adopt a new, more stringent ozone standard and to give the current standard time to work.

The deadline for the petition is NOON EST on Monday, February 7.

New jobs figures are due out this Friday, with the unemployment rate anticipated to be 9.5 or 9.6 percent. Are jobs really important? If so, the EPA can stand strong and abandon its plans to impose economy-harming ozone regs.

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