A report released this morning by the Center for Regulatory Solutions (CRS) details the expected impact of a proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ozone regulation on Pennsylvania’s economy.
The proposed rule would lower the acceptable concentration of surface-level ozone from 75 parts per billion to 65 or 70 parts per billion
The EPA’s intention to drastically tighten federal ozone limits will impose new and damaging regulatory restrictions across 85 percent of Pennsylvania’s economy, threatening thousands of jobs; and commonwealth residents are wary, according to the CRS, a project of the Small Business Entrepreneurship Council.
Titled “Moving the Goalposts: How Washington’s Ozone Plan Threatens Working Families and Pennsylvania’s Economic Comeback,” the CRS survey highlights strong resistance to overreaching federal policies that marginalize the commonwealth’s history of environmental progress.
Information gathered via interviews, letters to the Obama administration and other channels revealed that a bipartisan coalition of federal, state and local elected officials, as well as leaders of the business and labor communities agree that the EPA's proposed ozone plan goes too far.
"Existing ozone regulations have already put the commonwealth at the competitive disadvantage when it comes to attracting new and expanded investment—particularly in the manufacturing and energy sector,” Gene Barr, CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, said. “In fact, Pennsylvania has been able to substantially reduce emissions and improve air quality over the past decades. These new rules are unnecessary and prohibitively expensive, and jeopardize our position as an energy powerhouse."