Manufacturers, chem makers protest US air rule

20 January 2006 19:31  [Source: ICIS news]

WASHINGTON (ICIS news)--US chemical producers and other manufacturers appealed to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday to withdraw or delay a proposed air quality standard that industry fears would cripple expansion and growth.


Earlier this week, EPA proposed more stringent standards for fine particle pollution control. The rule change would amend the 1997 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for particulate matter measuring 2.5 micrometers or less; the rule is known as the PM 2.5 regulation.


The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) cautioned that the proposed standard “would impose significant burdens on US manufacturers facing fierce international competition.”


The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) also opposes the particulate proposal. NPRA president Bob Slaughter told ICIS news that if implemented, the rule would require “extraordinary measures by manufacturers to comply and would impose unreasonable controls on production facilities.”


Slaughter said that if the new PM 2.5 rule is made final, “it will be difficult for us in either industry - refining or petrochemicals - to expand or even maintain our industrial plants.”


NAM president John Engler said: “The proposal is not grounded in sound science, and changing the standard now would create investment and business uncertainty.”

By: Joe Kamalick
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