The GOP-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a bill delaying an Obama administration rule setting stricter limits on ozone standards
The bill, H.R. 4775: the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016 — approved 234-177 — allows states to pursue cost-effective and practical implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency‘s (EPA) ozone standards. It also protects public health while ensuring practical implementation issues are addressed in an achievable way.
“The legislation passed today would delay more EPA regulatory burdens placed on our job creators,” Rogers said in a statement. “This bill also would require EPA Administrator McCarthy to consider feasibility when revising any National Ambient Air Quality Standards, a requirement that will halt out-of-control rule making by the EPA. This bill is a common sense way to fight against the President’s costly environmental agenda and I was pleased to support it.”
Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA sets standards for criteria pollutants, including ground-level ozone. EPA established updated ozone standards in 2008, but did not publish implementing regulations for the 2008 standards until March 2015, and states are just beginning to implement those standards. In October of 2015 EPA revised these standards and states are now faced with the prospect of trying to implement overlapping ozone standards.