House Deals Ozone Rules a Setback

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In some good news from Washington, the House of Representatives recently passed legislation that would delay the strict new ozone standards proposed by the Obama Administration. The Free Lance Star reports:

The bill, approved 234-177, would delay implementation of a new federal ozone standard by at least eight years. In the Senate, approval of the bill as a stand-alone measure is considered unlikely. Proponents said they may try to insert the ozone proposal into a broader energy bill stalled in the Senate.

As a previous Energy Citizens blog explained, the ozone rules (known as the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, or NAAQS) could have a huge impact on our economy:

That February 2015 posting referenced research that estimated new NAAQS could be the single most costly regulation ever imposed on the American people. The numbers were frightening…

  • NAAQS could shrink the U.S. economy by $270 billion each year—or by $3.4 trillion from 2017-2040.
  • NAAQS could eliminate the equivalent of 2.9 million full-time jobs every year.
  • NAAQS could drain $1,570 per American household in the form of lost consumption.

While the final rule EPA issued later in 2015 was not as onerous as first feared, the final 70 ppb standards will impact business and frankly will provide little, if any, benefit. This bill would provide a pause to allow states to improve air quality in a common-sense way, without unduly burdensome regulations. Let’s hope that our senators see the problems with this costly rule and support this legislation that would allow the sensible implementation of the standards.