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Ozone Letter to the President

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 8:00pm

August 11, 2011

The President of the United States
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

In light of our fragile economy, your administration should continue doing everything possible to promote job creation, and an important way to bolster job creation is to reduce uncertainty facing businesses. The undersigned organizations and businesses of every size and industry, employing millions of American workers, therefore urge you to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from moving forward with its voluntary reconsideration of new National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone.

EPA’s new rules are not based on worsening conditions of air quality. They are not required by law or by court order. They are not required by the EPA’s own timetable. They come as counties and states across the nation struggle to meet existing ozone standards and as businesses are making investments to meet the stricter 2008 NAAQS now under reconsideration.

EPA predicts the new standard will cost between $20 billion and $90 billion annually. However, EPA often underestimates economic impact; private sector studies predict as many as 7.3 million lost jobs and up to $1 trillion in compliance costs by 2020. Hundreds of counties across the United States will be thrown out of compliance, making it difficult for businesses in these counties to build new facilities or expand existing ones.

Worst of all, EPA’s action is completely voluntary. There is no statutory or judicial requirement for EPA to act. The Clean Air Act requires EPA to reevaluate the ozone NAAQS on a five-year cycle; the current cycle is already more than halfway complete. EPA is already scheduled to begin establishing the next ozone standard in 2013.

A new ozone standard at this point in time would limit business expansion in nearly every populated region of the United States and impair the ability of U.S. companies to create new jobs. We urge you to delay this discretionary, out-of-cycle ozone standard and wait until 2013 before determining whether a new standard is needed. Now is not the time to saddle our economy with the extraordinary costs associated with EPA’s proposed national ozone standard.

Sincerely,

ACG Cotton Marketing LLC
Aggregate & Ready Mix Association of Minnesota
Alabama Petroleum Council
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Alro Enterprises, LLC
American Coolair Corporation
American Farm Bureau
American Petroleum Institute
America's Finest Woodworking Team Inc.
Arkansas Petroleum Council
Arrow Gear Company
Associated General Contractors of Minnesota
Associated General Contractors of Missouri
Associated Industries of Florida
Associated Industries of Missouri
Associated Oregon Industries
Associated Petroleum Industries of Michigan
Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania
Association of Commerce And Industry of New Mexico
Association of Washington Business
Baytown Chamber of Commerce
Beautiwood Unfinished Furniture
Bellevue Drug Company, Inc
Bernard Williams & Company
Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce
Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce
Brawley Chamber of Commerce
Brideau Oil Corporation
Caltone Color Graphics
Chemical Industry Council of California
Chemical Industry Council of Illinois
Chemistry Council of Missouri
Chevron
Coleman Auto Body Repair
Connecticut Petroleum Council
Corn Refiners Association
Crossfield Products Corp.
Custom Hardware Engineering & Consulting, Inc.
D.H. Food Services, Inc.
Dan Cain Construction, LLC
David A. Fruchey
Delaware Petroleum Council
Denver Hardware Co
Design Service Corporation
Eastern Kansas Oil & Gas Association
Evans Furniture
Fairway Market,Inc.
Fishel Steel Company
Florida Chamber of Commerce
Florida Fertilizer & Agricultural Association
Florida Petroleum Council
Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association
Florida Pulp and Paper Association
Frank W. Neal & Assoc., Inc.
Georgetown Auto Parts
Georgia Chemistry Council
Georgia Petroleum Council
Golden Eagle Inn
Grand Rental Station
Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce
Gtm Sales, Inc
Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce
Hermann Lumber Company
Heys Fabrication And Machine Co
Holt Hosiery Mills Inc
Home Telecom
Illinois Association of Convenience Stores
Illinois Energy Association
Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association
Illinois Manufacturers' Association
Illinois Oil & Gas Association
Illinois Petroleum Council
Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association
Independent Oil Marketers Association of New England
Independent Petroleum Association of America
Indiana Manufactured Housing Association and Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council
Indiana Petroleum Council
Industrial Metal Finishing Co
Inland Pacific Chapter Associated Builders & Contractors
JCM Industries, Inc.
Jordan River Galvanizing
Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association
Kansas Petroleum Council
Keithly-Williams Seeds
Kentucky Association of Manufacturers
Kentucky Chemical Industry Council
Kinsail Corporation
Leon Blomendahl, Sole Proprietor
Leopold Insurance Agency
Lordon Engineering
Louisiana Chemical Association
Loveland Ready-Mix Concrete
Loveland Ready-Mix Concrete, Inc.
Machine Tool & Fab Corp.
Maine State Chamber of Commerce
Manufacture and Chemical Industry Council of North Carolina
Manufacturers Association of Florida
Maryland Industrial Technology Alliance
Maryland Petroleum Council
Massachusetts Chemistry Technology Alliance
Massachusetts Petroleum Council
McPherson Builders, Inc.
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce
Michigan Association of Convenience Stores
Michigan Chamber of Commerce
Michigan Chemistry Council
Michigan Manufacturers Association
Michigan Oil And Gas Association
Michigan Petroleum Association
Michigan Railroads Association
Michigan Trucking Association
Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Distributors' Association
Mining Minnesota
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Minnesota Transportation Alliance
Missouri Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Missouri Petroleum Council
Missouri Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association
Missouri Retailers Association
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
National Grain And Feed Association
National Oilseed Processors Association
National Petrochemical and Refiners Association
New Jersey Petroleum Council
New York State Chemical Alliance
New York State Petroleum Council
North Carolina Chamber of Commerce
North Carolina Petroleum & Convenience Marketers
North Carolina Petroleum Council
North Country Chamber of Commerce
North Dakota Petroleum Council
Ohio Chemistry Technology Council
Ohio Petroleum Council
Outdoor Advertising Association of Indiana
Outdoor Amusement Business Association, Inc.
Paducah Water
Page One Holdings, L.P.
Patrick J Whelan
Pennsylvania Business Council
Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council
Petty Line Construction Co., Inc.
Power Supply Industries Inc.
Precision Prefinishing Inc.
Realty World Selzer Realty
River Region Chamber of Commerce
Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce
Service Station Dealers of America /National Coalition of Petroleum Retailers and Allied Trades
Sills Enterprises Inc
Sioux City Truck Sales, Inc.
Soltech Systems, Inc.
South Carolina Chemistry Council
South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance
South Carolina Petroleum Council
Southwestern Illinois Employers Association
State Chamber of Oklahoma
Sunshine Foods
Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Tennessee Petroleum Council
Territorial Landscape Co.
Texas Chemical Council
Tire Industry Association
Tulsa Metro Chamber
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Updegraff Clinic
Virginia Petroleum Council
W. R. Floyd Services, Inc
Walmer Air Conditioning And Heating Co., Inc.
Wannemacher Total Logistics
Washington, Maryland, Delaware Service Station and Automotive Repair Association
West Virginia Manufacturers Association
West Virginia Petroleum Council
Western Energy Alliance
Wisconsin Engine Manufacturers & Distributors Alliance
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
Wisconsin Petroleum Council
Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association