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house Bill H.R. 4775

Giving States More Time to Meet the EPA’s New Ozone Standards

Argument in favor

States need more time to implement the EPA’s ozone standard given that it took the agency about seven years to publish the regulations, which it then revised seven months later. It's wrong to punish states for non-compliance unless they have time to adjust.

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06/08/2016
EPA is not congress, therefore they can't make laws.
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06/08/2016
The EPA has been a model for government waste and over reach. Eliminate the EPA as it is only a political arm of the administration.
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06/08/2016
When the Feds say jump, states shouldn't have to say 'how high'. State government have plenty on their plate (I wish they had more of what federal government has snatched) and need adequate time to meet new policies.
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Argument opposed

The EPA began the process of crafting the new ozone standards in 2008, so the revisions it added in 2015 shouldn’t be coming as a huge surprise to the states. The standards should be implemented as planned, without the delay proposed by this bill.

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06/08/2016
Climate change is coming we need to act now
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06/08/2016
By giving states more time for compliance, you mean time to find loopholes. I don't think so, let's not waste anymore time and tax dollars. This has been seven years and seven months coming, the great state of Texas, et. al. Should have been vary ahead of time.
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06/06/2016
Climate change isn't going away. The time to adjust is now, not 10 years from now. We have to push this country onto renewables now.
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What is House Bill H.R. 4775?

This bill would provide states with additional time and flexibility to implement the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) revised ground-level ozone and air quality standards. 

The EPA’s standard lowers the allowable amount of ozone from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb. It was originally proposed in 2008, but the implementing regulations weren’t published until March 2015 and were revised in October 2015 to include additional state planning requirements.

Certain deadlines imposed by the EPA standards would be delayed, including the designation of states that haven’t met the standards which now wouldn’t occur until 2025. Additionally, the 2015 ozone standard wouldn’t apply to new air permits that are completed before the EPA makes its final nonattainment designations for states that don’t meet the ozone standards.

The review cycle for National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) would be extended, so that pollutants under the Clean Air Act are reviewed over 10 years instead of five.

Impact

States implementing the EPA’s ozone standard, and the EPA.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4775

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) introduced this bill to give states time to develop compliance plans for the EPA’s ozone regulations:

“States have worked hard over the last few decades to reduce ozone levels and improve air quality. The trend has been positive in lowering emissions and providing cleaner air. We must keep this trend in the right direction, while balancing that goal available technology and states’ ability to meet new levels. My bill provides needed flexibility so that states and localities can adequately achieve new, lower standards with time for compliance.”

This legislation was passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on a vote of 30-23, and has the support of 43 cosponsors — including 40 Republicans and three Democrats.


Of Note: Ozone can be found in two places — earth’s upper atmosphere and at ground level. Stratospheric ozone forms a protective barrier around the Earth, shielding it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Ground level ozone is the main ingredient in “smog” and is more harmful, as it’s produced by chemical reactions between nitrogen and pollutants from cars, power plants, refineries, and other sources.


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Summary by Eric Revell
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AKA

Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016

Official Title

To facilitate efficient State implementation of ground-level ozone standards, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • The house Passed June 8th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 234 Yea / 177 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Energy
    IntroducedMarch 17th, 2016

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    EPA is not congress, therefore they can't make laws.
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    Climate change is coming we need to act now
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    By giving states more time for compliance, you mean time to find loopholes. I don't think so, let's not waste anymore time and tax dollars. This has been seven years and seven months coming, the great state of Texas, et. al. Should have been vary ahead of time.
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    Climate change isn't going away. The time to adjust is now, not 10 years from now. We have to push this country onto renewables now.
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    The states and all corporations within have had ample time to prepare. Climate change has been a well known issue long before now. These same companies that need more time to comply are the companies who have been donating money to politicians' campaigns to slow the implementation and passing of these new regulations due to "big government." It's time to stop making excuses.
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    Abolish the EPA entirely, don't just create more hoops to jump through.
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    If the bill was originally started in 2008, states should've been working on it when it was first announced. To be honest, many big fossil fuel companies would detest such a program, but their opinions should not sway a national law.
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    The states knew that this was coming. They should have been preparing.
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    The EPA has been a model for government waste and over reach. Eliminate the EPA as it is only a political arm of the administration.
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    My step father owns his own construction company and buying equipment to meet EPA standards is becoming increasingly difficult for business' like his. A nay vote is particularly difficult for me but I think environmental progress comes first. Also, 7 years is long enough.
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    If we do not act now on climate change the only people we are hurting is the future generation. Our generation must take a stand and enforce EPA regulations on all states.
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    We are already WAY behind on climate change readiness/prevention...leniency is not the key. We must act NOW
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    When the Feds say jump, states shouldn't have to say 'how high'. State government have plenty on their plate (I wish they had more of what federal government has snatched) and need adequate time to meet new policies.
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    We need to support the process to reduce carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Climate change issues will continue to impact future generations if we do not all work together to reduce it.
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    Do your job already. I want a representative who cares about climate change and will do something about it.
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    "Giving more time to adjust" is, in this case, just an excuse for Republicans and other corporate shills to drag their feet on making progress on the issue of climate change
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    The impacts of air quality issues go beyond air; toxins are distributed in precipitation and cause ocean acidification and build-up of toxins in fish. This regulation comes not a moment too soon.
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    Climate change is an imminent threat that will continue to become more and more irreversible over time. Our only chance as a country is to focus our efforts on cutting emissions and improving/increasing funding for the renewable energy sector. If we do not continue our efforts and comply with newly stated EPA regulations as soon as possible, we will never remain on track to avoid the extreme consequences in store for us, including but not limited to rising sea levels, acidification of the oceans, and the destruction of a myriad of ecosystems across the earth. Please enforce these deadlines from the EPA.
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    We can't afford to wait much longer. The effects of global warming are reaching a point of no return and we all must act responsibly and be held responsible for our actions.
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    We do not have time to delay action on climate change. More, not less, needs to be done, and more rapidly.
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