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Ozone Standard Announced Today Dismisses Vast Bipartisan Opposition


New 70ppb Standard Will Come at Cost to Jobs and Economic Growth

Washington D.C., – Today, Karen Kerrigan, President of the Center for Regulatory Solutions (CRS), a project of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, released the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s announcement that he will dramatically tighten the federal ozone standard from the current 75 parts per billion (ppb), set in 2008 and only recently implemented, to a standard of 70 ppb:

“President Obama’s decision to dramatically tighten the ozone standard will hit small businesses and their employees hard. While the pain could have been even more acute with a tighter standard, this rule will mean fewer jobs and less economic opportunities in communities across the US. 

“Sadly, President Obama sided with pressure groups over the vast number of state and local officials of both parties, business and labor groups and state air regulators who urged him to continue to reap clean air benefits by enforcing the existing standard.”

The change is expected to have far-reaching economic consequences that have been highlighted by CRS in a series of state-focused reports on impacts of the regulation, including for Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. In making this decision, the President dismissed bipartisan concerns from elected officials, business and labor groups as well as state regulators and public health experts who pushed back on the standard and urged the Administration to maintain and fully implement the current standard.

Overwhelming Opposition Came from Civic and Business Groups, Environmental Regulators, Public Health Experts and Organized Labor

Elected Officials from Both Parties are Introducing Legislation

Majority of Voters Oppose Lowering the Ozone Standard

Even President Obama Acknowledged Issues with the Proposal:

CRS will continue to highlight the economic implications of burdensome federal regulations on our nation’s small business owners.



About CRS

The Center for Regulatory Solutions is a project of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, a 501c(4) advocacy, research, education and networking organization dedicated to protecting small business and promoting entrepreneurship. For twenty-three years, SBE Council has worked to educate elected officials, policymakers, business leaders and the public about policies that enable business start-up and growth.