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U.S. Chamber Responds to EPA Decision to Delay Ozone Rule

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 7:00pm

‘This rule would essentially be the equivalent of hitting the ‘stop’ button on development in the midst of a recession,’ Kovacs Says

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Environment, Technology, and Regulatory Affairs, Williams Kovacs, issued the following statement today in response to the EPA’s announcement that it is delaying its decision on whether to tighten ground-level ozone standards until July:

“We appreciate EPA’s willingness to take a closer look at the potentially devastating consequences its proposed ozone rule could have on businesses and the economy. As it is currently proposed, hundreds of counties nationwide would fall out of compliance. This rule would essentially be the equivalent of hitting the ‘stop’ button on development in the midst of a recession.

“As EPA revisits this rule, we urge them to follow its Clean Air Act requirement, which is to perform a continuous evaluation of potential loss or shifts in employment due to the administration of the Act. A recent study shows that this EPA “do-over” could cost upwards of $1 trillion every year between 2020 and 2030 and could sacrifice more than 7 million jobs in the next decade. We need rules in place that don’t come at the expense of American workers.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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