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AFS Member Speaks in House Energy and Power Subcommittee Roundtable

July 31, 2015

On Tuesday, July 28, AFS Past President Chris Norch, president, Denison Industries, participated in the House Energy and Power Subcommittee roundtable discussion on the potential impact of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to reduce the current ozone standard from 75 parts per billion to between 65-70 ppb on manufacturing and jobs.

In EPA’s proposed rule, which is expected to be finalized in October, the agency has only identified one-third of the ways that businesses can achieve mandated emissions reductions. The other two-thirds are referred to simply as "unknown controls." In addition, communities across the country have only just begun to implement measures to comply with the current standard.

Norch noted a number of metalcasting facilities in the country, including his own, already fall in nonattainment areas at the current standard. At the lower end of the range that EPA has proposed, almost the entire industry would be in “non-compliance, triggering burdensome and costly regulatory requirements.” This means energy intensive industries, as well as the entire manufacturing sector, would be unable to expand operations or build a new facility without other businesses in their regions reducing their emissions or going out of business. This will make it nearly impossible for the manufacturing sector to grow and add jobs. 

Ozone Panel

Panelists from left to right: Mayor Jerry Mouton of Deer Park, Texas, Mayor Larry Waters of Sevier Country, Tennessee, Chris Norch, President of Denison Industries, George Williams, CEO of PMI Energy Solutions, Gregory Johnson, Director of Legislative Affairs at the Sherwin-Williams Company, and Joseph Stanko of Hunton & Williams LLP