NAM promises continued challenges to “overreaching” ozone rule

The Hill (1/22, Henry) reported that the NAM and other business groups on Friday filed a federal court motion opposing a Sierra Club-led lawsuit that seeks a stricter standard for ground-level ozone than the 70 parts per billion approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Explaining the business groups’ stance that the EPA standard “is too difficult to meet and will hurt manufacturers as localities move to conform to it,” The Hill quoted NAM Senior Vice President and General Counsel Linda Kelly as saying: “This could be one of the most expensive regulations in history, creating significant barriers to manufacturers’ ability to open new plants and expand existing operations. As the administration continues to pile regulations on our nation’s manufacturers, we will continue to challenge these overreaching rules in court.”

The NAM and the two other groups have filed their own lawsuit seeking to block implementation of the stricter ozone standard, The Hill noted.

E&E Publishing’s Greenwire (1/22, Reilly, Subscription Publication), excerpting their court filing, said the business groups argue that further lowering of the ozone standard “would have even more devastating impacts” on the US economy. The article quoted Kelly as saying manufacturers have already begun feeling the effects of the EPA’S “overly burdensome and unworkable rule.”

A piece by Politico Pro (Subscription Publication, 1/22, Guillen, Shutt) briefly reported on the court filing, saying the business groups “want to help argue that EPA didn’t set too lax a standard.” If NAM members want to read the full article for free, they may contact NAM account manager Molly Fluet at mfluet@politico.com.

The Washington Examiner (1/22, Siciliano) also reported on the legal action.

Kelly’s full statement on Friday’s court filing is in a news release.

Eisenberg: Business Community Undeterred By Ruling In Power-Plan Suit.

The International Business Times(1/22, Gallucci) added to coverage of Thursday’s denial by judges of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit of a bid by numerous states and business groups to suspend implementation of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan.

The petitioners said they would continue fighting to block the plan’s implementation despite the setback, the article said, adding that “legal experts” expect that a “flurry” of litigation this year over the plan could prompt the Supreme Court to consider the issue.

The IBT also quoted NAM Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy Ross Eisenberg as saying, “We’re moving forward undeterred.” He added: “We’re disappointed. But the legal challenges are far from over.”

Associated Industries of Missouri is the sole official designated partner of the National Association of Manufacturers in Missouri.