Last week, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) introduced the bipartisan Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017 (S. 263/H.R. 806), legislation to provide much-needed relief and flexibility to manufacturers in implementing the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2015 ozone rule. The bill offers a balanced approach that ensures continued air-quality improvements, while giving states and manufacturers the flexibility necessary to limit some of the economic growth restrictions that exist under the current regulation. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) key-voted similar legislation in the House during the 114th Congress, which the House passed on June 8, 2016, by a vote of 234–177.
Since 1980, ozone levels are down nationwide more than 30 percent—and down nearly 20 percent in just the past decade. With new investments coming online utilizing the best and cleanest technologies available, these trends will continue. Unfortunately, while modern manufacturing has evolved into a sleek, technology-driven industry and air quality has improved vastly, many of our environmental policies, such as the ozone rule, have failed to keep pace.
The NAM thanks Sen. Capito for her continued leadership addressing this important manufacturing issue in the Senate as well as original Senate cosponsors Joe Manchin (D-WV), Deb Fischer (R-NE), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK). In addition, manufacturers thank Rep. Olson for his continued leadership on this important manufacturing issue as well as original cosponsors Bill Flores (R-TX), Bob Latta (R-OH), Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Kevin McCarthy (R-TX), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Steve Scalise (R-LA), Jim Costa (D-CA), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Billy Long (R-MO), Evan Jenkins (R-WV), Michael Burgess (R-TX), James Renacci (R-OH), Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), David McKinley (R-WV), Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Randy Weber (R-TX) and Brian Babin (R-TX).
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