Rutledge Reacts to EPA’s Implementation of Ozone Rule
October 2, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement today following the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to issue its final rule that will lower the current National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone from 75 parts per billion to 70 parts per billion.
“I am disappointed by the EPA's decision to move forward with its new ozone standards,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “These standards will impact future economic growth in States like Arkansas. As I have done with EPA’s other power grabs, I plan to join other States to challenge this rule’s implementation.”
In March, Attorney General Rutledge joined with 13 other States in submitting comments in a letter to the EPA explaining the harmful, negative impact the rule would have on States across the country. Attorney General Rutledge also filed her own comment letter criticizing the proposed rule.
The current level of 75 parts per billion was set in 2008. Rutledge points out in the letter that while the Clean Air Act does require the EPA to review the standards every five years, the law does not require the standard be lowered every time it is reviewed.
“So long as the standard is protective of human health and the environment, it can remain unchanged,” Attorney General Rutledge wrote.