WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mike Freeman, President of the Americas, WD-40 Company did testify on behalf of the industry, before the Energy and Commerce, Power, Manufacturing, and Trade subcommittees on the EPA’s proposed revisions to the existing ozone standard on June 16th 2015. Mr. Freeman’s testimony demonstrated how the proposed changes to the National Ozone Standard would affect our businesses. Witness Testimony
On June 16th the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing titled: “EPA’s Proposed Ozone Rule: Potential Impacts on Manufacturing.” The hearing was held in the Rayburn House. The hearing was called to review the issue of “under the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for criteria pollutants, including ground level ozone,” per US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Background definition provided during the hearing.
The EPA has proposed revising the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to a range between 65-70 ppb. Building off last week’s House hearing with the EPA, the Energy and Power and Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade subcommittees held a joint hearing to examine the EPA’s proposed revisions to the existing ozone standard and potential impacts on jobs and manufacturing.
As Congress continues to review the EPA’s proposed ozone rule, NAA would like to affirm that such regulations should be based on both sound environmental science and appropriate cost / benefit assessments. Lowering the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone before the current attainment level has been reached would impose prohibitive costs on the aerosol marketplace. Our experience complying with ever-increasing limits on volatile organic chemical (VOC) content has shown that the technological and commercial expenses associated with the reformulation and launch of new products is extremely steep. Such compliance will also impact the quality and performance of our products while having diminishing environmental benefits to justify such a tradeoff. Therefore we are in support of the Case Act (Clean Air, Strong Economies Act) and ask your support as well.