Dear Chairman Carper and Ranking Member Capito: As the Committee takes up the nomination of Joseph Goffman to serve as Associate Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we urge you to consider the concerns of the regulated community given the importance of OAR to the entire economy.
The business community is proud of its long track record of working with EPA and states to improve air quality across the United States. This cooperative framework, along with continuous investment and technological innovation, has contributed to dramatic environmental improvements in the United States over the last 50 years. The hydrofluorocarbon phasedown rule was one such example of this cooperation where the business community supported the rule as a cost-effective way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining U.S. competitiveness in world markets. Continued collaboration between the public and private sector is the best way to ensure continued environmental progress in a manner that enhances economic growth and avoids undue burdens on state and local economies.