Olson Thanks House For Passing Common Sense Ozone Bill
Washington, DC –Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today announced that the House passed his bill H.R. 806, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act. The bill 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 in an achievable and sensible way. The bill passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 229-199. It now heads to the Senate for consideration.
“Our nation has worked hard to reduce ozone levels and improve air quality," Rep. Pete Olson said. "As we continue this progress, we need to give states better tools to meet air quality goals efficiently. As we work to keep this trend moving in the right direction, my bill provides needed flexibility so that states and localities can adequately achieve new, lower standards with time for compliance. Health remains the first priority in setting standards and giving our local officials the tools they need make the Clean Air Act work. I'm proud that this common sense bill received bipartisan support in the House and I urge the Senate to act quickly as well."
Background: Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA sets standards for criteria pollutants, including ground-level ozone or smog. EPA established updated ozone standards in 2008, but did not publish implementing regulations for the 2008 standards until March 2015. In October of 2015, EPA issued lower standards and states are now faced with the prospect of trying to implement overlapping ozone standards. *Olson is Vice Chair of the Energy Subcommittee.
Media Contact: Melissa Kelly