AF&PA Intervening in Ozone NAAQS Lawsuit

American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman today issued the following statement about the association filing a motion to intervene with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce against Sierra Club’s challenge of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone.

“If the court forces EPA to lower of the ozone standard even more, projects to keep paper and wood products manufacturing facilities competitive could be halted, putting at risk countless high-paying jobs in rural America. The new standard at 70 parts per billion (ppb) is already precariously close to background levels in the environment. Lowering the ozone limit to 65 ppb or lower – as petitioners demand – would unnecessarily divert needed resources from more productive use and is not supported by the scientific evidence.”

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