American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that it will lower the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone to 70 ppb from 75 ppb.
“EPA’s decision to tighten the ozone NAAQS standard was misguided, and we are disappointed by their action. Air quality is continuing to improve as a result of the billions of dollars of new investment currently being made under existing program implementation. Public health is protected at 75 ppb, and the full weight of the scientific evidence does not support a further tightening of the standard.
“AF&PA will work with its members to encourage states and EPA to implement the new standard in as flexible a manner as possible under the law. We wish that EPA had allowed states to finish what they already started before heaping new and unnecessary regulations on an industry such as paper and wood products manufacturing facing global competition. We will also be considering our industry’s options to minimize the blows of continued overregulation.”