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Legislation Calls for Foreign Pollution Study

December 17, 2015

Olson BillFantastic!  What bold Congressional leadership!  Hopefully this helps lead to comprehensive improvements to the Clean Air Act.  Thank you Congressmen Olson, Latta, Cuellar, and Kirkpatrick!

H.R. 4265 “The Clean Air Implementation Act”

Reps. Pete Olson (R-TX), Bob Latta (R-OH), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), and Henry Cuellar (D-TX), yesterday introduced bipartisan legislation that would update how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) addresses ozone requirements in the Clean Air Act.  The legislation calls for a stay in the ozone standard until a study of foreign pollution impacts to the NAAQS is completed.

Highlights of Clean Air Implementation Act:

  • Timeline Revision– EPA shall update the Ambient Air Quality Standards at eight year intervals unless the Administrator finds that specific circumstances warrant a review earlier in the cycle.

  • Secondary Consideration of Feasibility– EPA can use as a factor in determining the range of levels for a new NAAQS feasibility when setting a new standard.

  • Foreign Transport– EPA in coordination with the National Academies of Sciences shall report to Congress within two years, the extent to which foreign sources of pollution impact achievement of NAAQS standards in the US. The 2015 standard will be paused until the study is complete.

Here is the Press Release Summary of the Bill:


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