House introduces bill to block EPA’s ozone rules
The Washington Examiner reports that on Thursday, members of the Texas delegation introduced a bill into the House that would “block the Environmental Protection Agency’s landmark rules for smog-forming ozone.”
The bill received support from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) as well as the NAM and other industry groups.
NAM Vice President for Federal Affairs Ross Eisenberg commented that after the EPA issued the strict regulations, which threw “hundreds of counties into noncompliance with the standard, manufacturers are encouraged to see leaders from the House Energy and Commerce Committee offer legislation that would restore some much-needed flexibility to this policy.”
Eisenberg added that the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016 would delay EPA regulation but still enable the nation’s air quality to improve, “while better aligning the requirements with the realities of the economy, technology and existing policies.”