NAM: Manufacturers challenge most expensive regulation in U.S. history

On March 17, the NAM filed extensive comments with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to the agency’s proposed ozone rule. For months the NAM has warned of the potentially devastating impacts a new ozone rule could have on manufacturers and the economy, and this week, the NAM joined 29 other organizations in formally opposing the rule to the Administration.

Also this week, Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Reps. Pete Olson (R-TX), Bob Latta (R-OH), Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) introduced the Clean Air, Strong Economies (CASE) Act in the Senate and House in response to the EPA’s ozone rule. The CASE Act aims to provide much needed relief and time to manufacturers who are still working to meet existing regulations. NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued a press statement in support of the legislation.

Joining the mounting opposition to the EPA’s proposed rule, House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) cited a study commissioned by the NAM that found the rule would be the most expensive ever, with up to $1.1 trillion in compliance costs. Read more in The Hill andThe Washington Examiner.

For the better part of the past year, the NAM has worked with our members to engage lawmakers at all levels, explaining to them just how detrimental this regulation could be to manufacturers’ ability to grow and compete. Our collective message is resonating inside and outside the Beltway, with Democrats and Republicans alike. In total, nearly half of America’s governors wrote to the EPA opposing a new ozone rule. They were joined by several state environmental agencies, lieutenant governors and 14 attorneys general who called the proposed rule “unlawful.”

Manufacturers have made substantial progress in lowering ozone levels over the past several decades, and the progress will continue if the EPA simply allows us to comply with the regulations that are already on the books. We encourage you to continue weighing in with lawmakers on this important manufacturing issue.

The NAM will continue to make the case against unreasonable regulations.