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API on new ozone standards

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

API Director of Regulatory and Scientific Policy, Howard Feldman has aid that nearly the entire country would be closed for business if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) further tightens Ozone NAAQS standards in its upcoming proposal. The API has also released a new map illustrating which areas would be forced into non-attainment status.

Comments from Feldman

‘Our map shows that nearly the entire country would be out of compliance should EPA move forward with this proposal, and this could have a chilling effect on jobs and the economy.

‘Tightened standards could impose unachievable emission reduction requirements on virtually every part of the nation, including rural and underdeveloped areas. Needless to say, operating under such stringent requirements could stifle new investment necessary to create jobs and grow our country. These could be the costliest EPA regulations ever.

‘With new standards that approach or are even lower than peak naturally occurring levels, virtually any human activity that produced emissions could ultimately be restricted or affected. In some cases, new development simply would not be feasible or permitted.

‘We urge EPA to finish their review and include the retention of the existing standards in the proposal. With a fair analysis of the record, we believe retaining the existing standards of 75 parts per billion is the right policy choice.’

Major industry groups have also submitted their concerns to the EPA in a letter.

Adapted from press release by Claira Lloyd

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