In a federal court filing late Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will not revisit the 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone and will instead move forward with an accelerated review of the ozone standards due in 2020.
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is disappointed in the EPA’s decision to not reconsider the 2015 ozone standard. The EPA made a series of procedural and technical errors when it generated the 2015 rule—including, for instance, evaluating the impacts of background ozone on attainment. Reconsideration of the 2015 standard was probably the most direct way to correct the record. These issues have not gone away, and manufacturers must now grapple with them during implementation of the 2015 ozone NAAQS.
When the EPA requested input last year on how best to reform its regulatory process, we asked the agency to “take whatever measures are available” to ease implementation of the 2015 ozone rule. The EPA has moved forward with several of our recommendations, and manufacturers welcome that progress. There is considerably more to be done, however. We appreciate the agency’s decision to focus on background ozone and other NAM concerns during an accelerated review of the 2020 standard, and we will continue to work with the EPA and other stakeholders to ensure that these issues are appropriately considered in the 2020 ozone review.
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