NASHVILLE, Nov. 26, 2014 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to increase ground-level ozone standards.
“This proposed rule may be premature. Because of recent federal pollution-control rules reducing ozone-causing pollutants—which I have consistently supported—our air is significantly cleaner and healthier. It may be wiser to let these existing rules continue to make our air cleaner and then let’s see whether stricter ozone standards for communities, like the one proposed today, are really needed. Otherwise we run the risk of unnecessarily making it harder for Tennessee communities to attract new industrial jobs.”
Alexander has consistently supported efforts authorized by Congress under the Clean Air Act to reduce ozone-causing pollutants, such as the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. His support of such rules is in contrast to his opposition to EPA attempts to regulate carbon, which Congress has not specifically authorized.