Final Ozone Rule to Implement 2008 Standards
February 17, 2015
The White House Office of Management and Budget announced February 2 that it has completed its review of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) draft rule on the implementation of the 2008 national ambient air quality standards for ozone of 75 parts per billion (ppb). The agency cleared the final rule January 30, 2015. The rule is expected to address requirements for states, including requirements for new source review permitting in nonattainment areas and demonstrating attainment. The implementation rule should be finalized by March 1.
AFS is troubled about how this new EPA ozone proposal would put new burdens on metalcasting facilities. One key concern is that manufacturers in non-attainment areas won’t be able to expand without other businesses in the area reducing emissions or shutting down operations. AFS is participating in a coalition led by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) addressing this issue.