Manufacturing Angered Over Environmental Protection Agencies Proposed Change

Posted on July 18, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Scott Orr

It wasn’t exactly a threat, but it sure sounded like one.

Top business and manufacturing officials, angered over the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to tighten federal ozone standards, are telling President Obama that he changes the standard at his own political peril.

Here’s what happened last week: Representatives of the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other groups met with EPA chief Lisa Jackson to express their displeasure with the proposed change. When Jackson appeared unmoved, the group decided to make their case to the White House.

Their message: A stricter ozone standard would hurt manufacturers and other industries, threaten the recovery and job growth, and, perhaps most importantly from a political standpoint, damage Obama’s reelection chances.

Jay Timmons, president of the National Association of Manufacturers, told Politico that Jackson made clear she intended to go forward with a new standard: “Clearly she’s very focused on changing the rule, so whatever it is, it won’t be a good thing for states, localities or business in general,” he said.

In a letter to White House chief of staff Bill Daley, the Business Roundtable said the EPA is suggesting “a final rule that promises to be the single most expensive environmental regulation ever imposed on the U.S. economy.”

“In particular, large portions of the U.S. manufacturing base that are exposed to international competition have been negatively impacted by investments required by the Clean Air Act. It is not unreasonable to expect these negative trends will accelerate with increasingly higher marginal cost regulatory programs that are now being proposed by EPA,” the group wrote.

Like these business groups, we’re wondering why the EPA is in such a rush to change the standard, especially since the next scheduled statutory review of the ozone standard does not come until 2013. It seems wise, from both a policy and a political perspective, to wait on this one.

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