WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski has issued the following statement regarding today’s release of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) final national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) ozone standard, which will now be lowered to 70 ppb from 75 ppb.
“We want clean air like all Americans, but the scientific evidence doesn’t show that these more stringent ozone standards will have a positive effect on health. Based on 2012-14 data, 315 additional counties are likely to become non-attainment areas as a result of lowering the standard to 70 ppb.
“Moving these air quality goalposts without sufficient scientific backing and before the 2008 standards have been fully implemented only creates further uncertainty for new mill investments that are critical to our global competitiveness. It is not good for American business.”