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Washington, D.C. –The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on the Environment will hold a hearing this afternoon to examine the costly implications of EPA’s proposed ozone standards on rural America.

 

EPA’s proposed National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone is expected to reap devastating economic impacts including annual domestic output reduction of $140 billion and 1.4 million jobs lost all while costing every household $830 a year. Causing additional harm, EPA’s proposed ozone standard could put at risk more than 34GW of coal-plant retirements, which is equivalent to Ohio’s generating capacity.

 

“This is yet another example of EPA’s dangerous overreach and this administration’s disregard for the real consequences of their arbitrary rulemaking,” said Laura Sheehan, senior vice president of communications. “EPA should spend less time in its ivory tower and more time in real America, where regulations like this will have real world impacts on families who simply don’t have $830 to spare each year. Forcing families to choose between keeping the lights on and putting groceries in the pantry, isn’t a choice anyone should have to face. American families deserve far better than the costly regulations EPA keeps dishing up.”

 

Coal provides nearly 40 percent of America’s electric power, making it the most used feedstock for electricity generation. The coal-based power industry has led in developing ways to use our most reliable, affordable and abundant resource more cleanly and efficiently than ever before, investing nearly $120 billion so far to reduce emissions by 90 percent and putting in an additional $27 billion between now and 2016...

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