WASHINGTON – American Wood Council President Robert Glowinski released the following statement today following EPA's release of its proposed National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM).
"We are disappointed that despite announcements to the contrary in May, EPA was forced by the courts to rush its release of the PM NAAQS standards. One major oversight in our estimation is the exclusion from the rulemaking of consideration of the current standards. The option to recognize that the current standards adequately address air quality concerns is not included as an option for comment. Regardless of EPA's decision to do so, AWC will be submitting formal comments on both the current and the proposed standards.
"Given deadlines established by the courts, we do not believe that EPA will now have adequate time to review comments on its proposed findings and address the uncertainty of the science being used for analysis. Increasing court intervention on regulatory matters puts undue pressure on the rulemaking process, making it difficult for EPA to make informed decisions."