National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed updating ozone regulations, which will have a devastating effect on American families, businesses, and our economy.

If the EPA tightens National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone from 70 to 60 parts per billion, it would put nearly the entire country out of compliance without significantly improving public health. The tightened NAAQS could be EPA’s costliest regulation ever. A recent study by the Manufacturers Alliance showed the potential damage caused by lowering the ozone standards includes 7.3 million estimated jobs lost and $1 trillion in additional regulatory costs. These standards are unrealistic and unnecessary. The EPA’s actions could drive up energy costs for American businesses and households—and make American companies less competitive in the global marketplace.

Implementation of the more restrictive NAAQS standards could cost jobs and stifle growth. Even some of our national parks, such as Yellowstone National Park, have background levels of ozone that exceed the planned new standards. Businesses large and small, schools, hospitals, farms and office buildings all could face expensive regulations that could cost millions of jobs and stop job creation and business expansion.