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American Petroleum Institute make comments to the White House

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

API President and CEO Jack Gerard on 15th July called on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson to stop the agency’s out of cycle ozone review that could seriously set back US economic recovery and harm millions of unemployed Americans. Gerard called for the meeting with the EPA and was joined by a broad cross section of business organisations. After the meeting, Gerard said:

‘These proposed standards are so stringent that it would out nearly every county in American in non-compliance, including areas such as the pristine Yellowstone National Park. Ozone levels continue to improve, and current regulations are already protecting our air and the health of our citizens. Changing the standard now could have a severe impact on economic growth and could prevent the very job creation that President Obama has identified as his top priority.’ 

‘Americans want reasonable regulation, but this is government out of control. The proposed ozone standard would be costly, unattainable and impose a severe burden on manufacturers, the economy, jobs and consumers.’

API called on the EPA to consider review of the new standards under its normal five year review cycle.

A Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI study finds that lowering the ozone standard could sacrifice 7.3 million US jobs by 2020 and add US$ 1 trillion in new regulatory costs per year between 2020 and 2030.

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