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Public health and ozone standards

Oilfield Technology,

The API has said that new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations on ozone are not necessary to improve air quality, which will continue to improve as the EPA implements the existing 2008 ozone standards and other regulations. The institute has also said that these regulations could be the costliest ever encountered by the US.

Jack Gerard, API President and CEO said, “air quality has improved dramatically over the past decades and will continue to improve as EPA and states implement existing standards, which are the most stringent ever. Careful review of the science shows that the current standards already protect public health. Tightening these standards could be the most expensive regulation ever imposed on the American public, with potentially enormous costs to the economy, jobs and consumers.”

States in the US have only just started implementing the 2008 standards and the EPA’s implementation guidance for eh 2008 has not even been released yet. The challenges of meeting these new standards are anticipated to be massive and disruptive to states and businesses across the nation.

Money talk

A new ozone regulation would cost US$270 billion /y and place millions of jobs at risk, according to a NERA report and Gerard has said, ‘tightened standards could impose unachievable emission reduction requirements on virtually every part of the nation. Even pristine areas with no industrial activity such as national parks could be out of attainment. Needless to say, operating under such stringent requirements could stifle new investments necessary to create jobs and grow our economy. The right policy choice is to implement the current standards and allow air quality to continue to improve.’

Edited from press release by Claira Lloyd

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