Obama Asks EPA to Withdraw Ozone Rules
Roger Runningen and Mark Drajem
Friday, September 2, 2011
President Barack Obama said he’s directed the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw proposed rules to limit ozone emissions that lead to smog.
The draft rules have been faulted by Republicans and business leaders who contended the regulations would be too costly to implement. Obama said in a statement he is seeking to reduce regulatory burdens as the economy recovers.
“Ultimately, I did not support asking state and local governments to begin implementing a new standard that will soon be reconsidered,” Obama said today in a statement. The rules will come up for a regular review in 2013, he said.
The EPA’s proposed regulations for ground-level ozone, a main ingredient of smog, would have tightened those issued during President George W. Bush’s administration in 2008. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson had said that those rules wouldn’t stand up to legal scrutiny. The EPA’s proposal would have cost the economy $19 billion to $90 billion, making it the most expensive new regulation under consideration by the Obama administration, according to the White House.
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