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Environment Committee Alert

Contact: Darren Suarez
September 2, 2011

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President Obama requested U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Jackson withdraw the draft Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards at this time. Additionally, the head of the White House office of regulatory affairs, Cass Sunstein, in a letter to the EPA Administrator has requested the proposed rule be reconsidered, pursuant to Executive Order 13563 and Executive Order 12866.

Administrator Jackson issued a statement indicating that the EPA “will revisit the ozone standard, in compliance with the Clean Air Act.”

The EPA had proposed to reduce the ozone standard from 75 ppb to 60 ppb. The map illustrates that a significant number of New York counties will be considered non-attainment if there is a reduction in the current standards.

After an area is determined to be in non-attainment, the state and local governments have three years to develop implementation plans outlining how areas will attain and maintain the standards by reducing air pollutant emissions contributing to ground-level ozone concentrations. To obtain the ozone standard most plans require future projects must conduct air mitigation measures.

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The Business Council supported efforts by the US Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufactures to request that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stop from moving forward with its voluntary reconsideration of new National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone.