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Grothman Pushes Back On EPA’s Disastrous Air Quality Standards

Grothman’s Manufacturers First Act will stop the EPA from implementing air quality standards that would damage Wisconsin businesses.

(Washington, D.C.) - Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wisconsin) introduced the Manufacturers First Act, H.R. 2792, last week to prevent burdensome regulations the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is handing down under the Clean Air Act. The Manufacturers First Act freezes the six air quality standards at current levels and does not allow the EPA to make changes, giving control back to Congress. Late last year the EPA proposed a new rule on the ozone standard. This new rule will hurt businesses across Wisconsin and would essentially stop the expansion of manufacturing around the state.

“The EPA is hell-bent on destroying American businesses. The new regulations the Obama Administration is pushing onto American manufacturers are putting manufacturing jobs at risk,” said Congressman Grothman. “The overregulation of America’s manufacturing industry is driving away business and innovation, the backbone of our economy. My bill pushes back on the EPA and ensures the agency does not hand down further burdensome regulations on American businesses. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to pass this vital piece of legislation.”

The EPA set National Ambient Air Quality Standards, in particular ozone, at 120 parts per billion (ppb) in 1971, and now the EPA has proposed a new rule of 65 ppb set to take effect in October 2015, which cuts the standard nearly in half since 1971. By 2015 the EPA will have changed ozone standards over five times. Changing it again will damage Wisconsin, specifically counties in the 6th Congressional District, disproportionately more than other states around the country. These regulations also put United States businesses at a comparative disadvantage globally, in particular with countries like China and Russia.

Click here to view a copy of H.R. 2792.

U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman is serving his first term representing Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Contact his Washington, D.C., office at (202) 225-2476, or online at


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