Thompson Issues Statement on House Passage of Ozone Standards Implementation Act

Jul 18, 2017

WASHINGTON U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson issued the following statement after the passage of H.R. 806, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act, which was approved by a bipartisan vote of 229-199.

“Let me be clear: this bill will not change our existing air quality standards or regulations, but rather it will provide states with clear implementation standards and allow time for them to reach these goals. The EPA notes that our national ozone emissions have declined by 32 percent since 1980.  However, the criteria of this particular framework changed in the eleventh hour, which created several challenges for states to implement ozone air quality standards and be in compliance. The House-passed bill provides realistic timelines to continue our collective commitment to improving air quality for generations to come.”