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NAM Warns of Negative Impacts from EPA's proposed NAAQS.

Press Release Summary:

June 19, 2012 - NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons called scope and impact of proposed new National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) released by EPA "troubling." Citing current 8.2% unemployment, Timmons said manufacturers "can't afford this new standard," especially given its strict nature and the stalling economy. "The end result," according to Timmons, would be "a devastating impact on our economy and job creation."

National Association of Manufacturing - Washington, DC

Original Press Release

Manufacturers: EPA's Proposed Particulate Matter Standards Have Economy-Wide Impact

Press release date: June 18, 2012

New Regulation Will Cripple Job Creation and Investment Washington, D.C. - National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement on proposed new National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today: "The scope and damaging impact the EPA's new standard will have on manufacturers across the country, both large and small, is troubling. Essentially this standard will result in strict regulations on any kind of existing facility, while restricting new permit requirements for the development of new facilities. This standard will also place certain counties in a 'penalty box' and make them less attractive to new business. Simply put, new facilities won't be built unless others are shut down to meet the EPA's standard. The end result will have a devastating impact on our economy and job creation when we already face 8.2 percent unemployment. Manufacturers want to see the EPA include the existing standard in its range of options. Manufacturers simply can't afford this new standard at a time when we are being asked to create jobs and grow the economy. With an economy that is stalling, more rigorous regulations are not the answer." -NAM- The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing has a presence in every single congressional district providing good, high-paying jobs. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit


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