Regulatory Reform

ALEC Weighs in on Proposed Ozone NAAQS Revision

Yesterday, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing significant concern with a proposed revision of the current National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone from 75 parts per billion to a level within a range of 60 to 70 ppb.

In December 2014, ALEC member legislators considered and passed the Resolution Supporting Reasonable Reconsideration of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone. The resolution finds that ozone concentrations are already on a downward trajectory as a result of state and federal emission control programs and that a more stringent ozone standard would impose significant financial and regulatory burdens on the American economy, consumers and businesses.

ALEC’s comments reflect many of the findings in this resolution and request that EPA not adopt a more stringent ozone NAAQS until all counties currently in nonattainment with the existing 75 ppb standard achieve full attainment.

To read the comments submitted by ALEC, please click here.

To read more about the effects of this proposed revision – as well as other EPA regulations—please view ALEC’s EPA Regulatory Train Wreck project.

In Depth: Regulatory Reform

In his first inaugural address, Thomas Jefferson said that “the sum of good government” was one “which shall restrain men from injuring one another” and “shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry.” Sadly, governments – both federal and state – have ignored this axiom and…

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