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Environmental Protection Agency’s Move on Ozone Recognizes Threat to Jobs, Economy

Washington – “The decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to seek further delay on its proposed ozone rules tells us the Obama administration recognizes the disastrous consequences that more restrictive ozone regulations would have on the economy and jobs creation.

“Today’s filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is significant news. While it relates to the EPA’s revised air quality standards issued in 2008, the EPA’s motion announcing its inability to act yet also casts doubt on the merits of the agency’s 2011 proposed standards.

“The administration is obviously making a serious review of these damaging regulations, and we’re encouraged by that. President Obama again this week pointed to jobs as his administration’s priority, and the EPA’s proposals would negate any progress on creating jobs in the private sector,” said John Engler, president of Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies. “In reality, the rules would be the equivalent of posting signs on the U.S. economy, ‘Closed for business.’”