Olson Applauds Committee Action on Ozone Bill
Today Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) announced that the House Energy and Power subcommittee acted to move his bill H.R. 4775, Ozone Standards Implementation Act to the next step in the legislative process. The bill would establish a needed balance between clean air standards and economic strength. It gives states tools to meet important new upcoming ozone and other air quality standards issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It also protects public health while ensuring practical implementation issues are addressed. The bill was marked up in the Energy and Power subcommittee. The next step is full House Energy and Commerce Committee action.
â€œStates have worked hard over the last few decades to reduce ozone levels and improve air quality,â€ Rep. Pete Olson said. â€œThe trend has been positive in lowering emissions and providing cleaner air. We must keep this trend in the right direction, while balancing that goal with available technology and statesâ€™ 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. Iâ€™m proud that this common sense bill enjoys bipartisan support and look forward to moving it through the committee process and getting it to the floor for a vote.â€
Background: H.R. 4775 allows states to pursue cost-effective and practical implementation of EPAâ€™s ozone standards. Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA sets standards for criteria pollutants, including ground-level ozone. EPA established updated ozone standards in 2008, but did not publish implementing regulations for the 2008 standards until March 2015, and states are just beginning to implement those standards. In October of 2015 EPA revised these standards and states are now faced with the prospect of trying to simultaneously implement two ozone standards.
*Olson is Vice Chair of the Energy and Power subcommittee and oversaw the mark up of H.R. 4775 and H.R. 4979, the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2016. The bipartisan legislation will help provide the regulatory structure needed for safe, advanced nuclear energy technologies to play an important role in the U.S. energy portfolio.
Contact: Melissa Kelly