Manufacturers are encouraged today to see leaders on the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee hold a meaningful hearing on ways to ease the implementation burdens from EPA’s 2015 ozone regulation. Manufacturers across the United States have shown that environmental progress and job creation can go hand in hand, but the ozone standards finalized by the Administration last fall takes us further from that goal. By setting the strictest ozone standards ever at a time when states and manufacturers were still working towards meeting the existing requirements, the Administration decided to add another layer of red-tape to job creation and economic progress.
The objectives of both bills discussed at today’s hearing— Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Jeff Flake’s (R-AZ) S. 2882, the Senate companion bill to the House-passed H.R. 4775, and S. 2072, a bill offered by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO)—would help ease the burden from the ozone rule while ensuring our nation’s air quality continues to improve.
At the hearing, Glenn Hamer, President of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which is the NAM state allied group in Arizona spoke to the challenges business and manufacturers in his state face to implement this regulation. Earlier this year, Hamer and NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons co-authored an op-ed highlighting those roadblocks to growth.
Manufacturers encourage Senate leaders to continue working to address these issues and ultimately bring an ozone implementation relief bill to the floor for passage