Colorado has launched a campaign against costly new ozone regulations being proposed by the Obama administration. The state’s National Association of Manufacturers has been flooding the airwaves with ads criticizing new rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency to lower the standard ozone levels to between 65 and 70 parts per billion. NAM President Jay Timmons said in a statement when the ads launched that “Colorado has long been a leader in balancing economic growth with environmental stewardship.” He said, “For the past three decades, a strong coalition of business and community leaders have worked together to secure real clean air progress.” Timmons added that the “new, costly mandates from Washington” threaten to “undermine these state efforts.”
According to a study commissioned by NAM, the proposals could result in $19 billion in GDP losses and the axing of almost 11,000 jobs per year. The same study found that nationally the proposal could end up being the most expensive piece of regulation in US history, costing $140 billion per year and carrying a compliance price tag of $1.7 trillion from 2017 to 2040.
NAM’s website says the new rules “will cause hundreds of counties across the country to be in violation of air laws.” They say this will mean less development, fewer jobs and the possibility of significant and long-term damage to the economy. The group also points out that these new proposals are being considered despite the fact that 2008 environmental regulation has still not been implemented country-wide. More than 260 organisations have joined the call not to “move the goal post” by changing the current standard, according to NAM.
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