Recently proposed regulations may negatively impact the U.S. economy, and the American Petroleum Institute plans to combat these with a campaign. Launched May 15, API’s television, print, online advertising and radio campaign is designed to encourage the Obama administration to stick with the current ozone standards.

“Introducing new standards may have little effect on the health of the environment.”

Understanding current and proposed standards  The existing standards implemented were set in 2008. These are historically the most strict of any standards imposed and have not fully been applied, according to a press conference call with Howard Feldman, API senior director of regulatory and scientific affairs.”Safeguarding public health is a goal we all share, and peer reviewed science confirms that established standards protect public health and the environment,” noted Feldman, according to API.Current standards have not yet been completely implemented, and introducing new standards may have little effect on the health of the environment. The proposal to update the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ground-level ozone intends to benefit the environment as well the health and well-being of the public, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. However, without seeing the full implementation of set standards, the improvement may not provide as many benefits and negatively impact job availability in the industry.According to a report published by National Economic Research Associates Economic Consulting, the new standard may be the most expensive one to be carried out in the U.S. Reducing emission and tightening the ozone standard to 65 parts per billion has the potential to harm the U.S. economy with an estimated cost of approximately $15.4 billion each year. Only $4.2 billion would be “known” controls while the remaining expenses would be unknown. However, this estimation released by the EPA falls short of reality, according to NERA Economic Consulting.”As proposed, the new standard could impose unachievable emission reduction requirements on virtually every part of the nation, including rural and undeveloped areas,” Feldman said. “States would have to place new restrictions on businesses of all sizes and add additional bureaucratic red tape to the permitting process for public works projects. These new rules could also prevent communities from improving their infrastructure such as highways or waste treatment facilities.”

“A reduction in high-ozone has been reported in the Houston area.”

Behind the campaign The intention of the API campaign is to demonstrate that the proposed standards would likely do more harm than good.”The nation’s air is getting cleaner and will continue to improve as we implement the existing standards,” said Feldman, according to API. “Further tightening of the standards wouldn’t necessarily improve air quality any faster, but it could significantly impact U.S. jobs and the economy.”In addition, a recent study conducted by Texas researchers at the University of Houston indicated claims made by the EPA may not be entirely accurate. In fact, a reduction in high-ozone has been reported in the Houston area.In the study, researchers found that what has been the most polluted U.S. city historically, Houston, has become cleaner between 1990 and 2013.In support of economic growth  Fracking, natural gas drilling and other industry sectors provide employment opportunities to many individuals. The EPA’s proposed standards may cost the economy as much as $270 billion each year and threaten millions of jobs. The impact of new standards would likely harm job security for those working in the industry, which does not support further improvement in the economy.  FB Industries Inc. – The Unsurpassed Solution for Frac Sand Handling & Storage.

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