May 20, 2015

What does EPA's Ozone Regulation Mean for Your Community?

The Energy Institute is concerned about EPA’s proposed ozone regulations, which studies have found could be the most expensive regulation every implemented.   EPA’s new regulations will dramatically increase “nonattainment areas” throughout the country. The rules will immediately add red tape to economic development that is vital to growing new jobs.

Nonattainment areas face even more severe requirements that significantly curtail business development.  Companies building or expanding facilities in nonattainment areas are required to reduce ozone-forming emissions regardless of cost, and economic development cannot move forward unless such emissions are reduced from other sources.  These impacts are illustrated in the Energy Institute’s ozone infographic, available as a PDF here and shown below:


To learn more about the U.S. Chamber’s concerns with EPA ozone regulations, visit our Environment, Technology, and Regulatory Affairs’ issue page at