Barletta Statement Regarding Ozone Standards Legislation
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today voted in favor of H.R. 4775, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act, which supplies states with tools to meet the demands of air quality standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The bill addresses the problems states anticipate in meeting standards set in 2015, when they are still struggling to comply with strict standards set in 2008. The legislation allows states enough time to meet the new levels so that they are not effectively implementing two stringent ozone standards at once. H.R. 4775 passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 234-to-177.
Barletta issued the following statement:
“As the father of four and grandfather of three, I care very much about the quality of our air, for the sake of my own family and everyone else’s. I also care about the ability of states and employers to meet the standards the EPA has imposed. Ozone levels are down by one-third since 1980, but that hasn’t stopped regulators from imposing new standards even before the old ones have been met. This legislation provides space for businesses to meet the ozone levels without job-killing costs that would further stifle our already sluggish economy.”