Coalition Letter to President Obama Regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s Proposed Rule Lowering the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone

Coalition Letter to President Obama Regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s Proposed Rule Lowering the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone

Dear Mr. President: This week you are scheduled to address the nation’s mayors—the lawmakers responsible for the economic prosperity and development in cities across the country. As you do, the undersigned organizations, representing a broad spectrum of the economy, write to express our deep concern with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to lower the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone. In September 2011, you instructed the Administrator of the EPA to withdraw the-then pending ground-level ozone rule, citing the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and uncertainties as the economy struggled to recover from recession. The concerns you identified in 2011 still very much persist for our organizations today and we fear that the costs, delays and barriers to growth associated with a new ozone rule will have a severely negative impact on the U.S. economy, our international competitiveness and jobs.

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