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house Bill H.R. 806

Giving States More Time to Meet the EPA’s New Ozone Standards

Argument in favor

States need more time to implement the EPA’s ozone standard given that it took the agency about seven years to publish the regulations, which it then revised seven months later. It's wrong to punish states for non-compliance unless they have time to adjust.

Tom's Opinion
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07/19/2017
We all need time to read and get an idea of what all is in these bills, including all the sneaky riders, before we vote.
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Retta's Opinion
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07/17/2017
The EPA is a rogue group and set rules that should not be made. Personally do not feel we need the EPA
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Susan's Opinion
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07/19/2017
It's time to reign in the radical leftist EPA's overreach. Obama cared nothing for our country's people, jobs or economy. We live in the most restrictive country in the world. All the European countries do not take half the measures we do in safeguarding our air and water quality. The EPA needs to have its own house cleaned of the leftover radicals.
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Argument opposed

The EPA began the process of crafting the new ozone standards in 2008, so the revisions it added in 2015 shouldn’t be coming as a huge surprise to the states. The standards should be implemented as planned, without the delay proposed by this bill.

BuffWarden1012's Opinion
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07/17/2017
This piece of legislation was proposed in 2008. It has been 9 years since and some states still claim they haven't had "ample" time to implement these new standards? That seems like a lethargic excuse to take action on a bill that covers a global issue that isn't going away... climate change. The age of fossil fuels and carbon are antiquated and dangerous for future generations if we do not make rapid and swift changes to our energy standards.
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Ben's Opinion
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07/17/2017
Our air is being polluted faster than ever - adding another 5 years for states to get their acts together does absolutely nothing for the planet or the people breathing polluted air.
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Catherine's Opinion
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07/17/2017
Voting to extend is like saying you don't care about protecting children from potential danger since one of the biggest concerns is exposing children to lung damaging air pollution. It's only 5 parts per billion we are talking about. And it's to improve public health something that should be on everyone's minds since healthcare is up in the air.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • The house Passed July 18th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 229 Yea / 199 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Environment and Climate Change
    IntroducedFebruary 1st, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 806?

This bill would provide states with additional time and flexibility to implement the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) revised ground-level ozone and air quality standards. The EPA’s standard lowers the allowable amount of ozone from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb. It was originally proposed in 2008, but the implementing regulations weren’t published until March 2015 and were revised in October 2015 to include additional state planning requirements.

Certain deadlines imposed by the EPA standards would be delayed, including the designation of states that haven’t met the standards which now wouldn’t occur until 2026. Additionally, the 2015 ozone standard wouldn’t apply to new air permits that are completed before the EPA makes its final nonattainment designations for states that don’t meet the ozone standards.

The review cycle for National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) would be extended, so that pollutants under the Clean Air Act are reviewed over 10 years instead of five.

Impact

States implementing the EPA’s ozone standard, and the EPA.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 806

$2.00 Million
The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would cost $2 million over the 2018-2020 period.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) introduced this bill to give states time to develop compliance plans for the EPA’s new ozone regulations:

“Our nation has worked hard to reduce ozone levels and improve air quality. As we continue this progress, we need to give states better tools to meet air quality goals efficiently. As we work to keep this trend moving in the right direction, this bill provides needed flexibility so that states and localities can properly achieve new, lower standards with time for compliance.”

This bill encountered resistance from all of the Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee that marked it up, who called it "an irresponsible compilation of attacks that in reality strikes directly at the heart of the [Clean Air Act (CAA)]." In the bill's report, they added:

"In conclusion, H.R. 806 offers no constructive improvements to the CAA. It is designed to erode public health and environmental protections in the guise of regulatory relief. Poor air quality is a significant threat to human health and the environment."

This legislation was passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on a party-line vote of 29-24, and has the support of 24 cosponsors — including 21 Republicans and three Democrats. During the last session of Congress, this bill's predecessor passed the House on a 234-177 vote but wasn't considered by the Senate before the session concluded.


Of NoteOzone can be found in two places — earth’s upper atmosphere and at ground level. Stratospheric ozone forms a protective barrier around the Earth, shielding it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Ground level ozone is the main ingredient in “smog” and is more harmful, as it’s produced by chemical reactions between nitrogen and pollutants from cars, power plants, refineries, and other sources.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Carbon Visuals)

AKA

Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017

Official Title

To facilitate efficient State implementation of ground-level ozone standards, and for other purposes.

    We all need time to read and get an idea of what all is in these bills, including all the sneaky riders, before we vote.
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    This piece of legislation was proposed in 2008. It has been 9 years since and some states still claim they haven't had "ample" time to implement these new standards? That seems like a lethargic excuse to take action on a bill that covers a global issue that isn't going away... climate change. The age of fossil fuels and carbon are antiquated and dangerous for future generations if we do not make rapid and swift changes to our energy standards.
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    Our air is being polluted faster than ever - adding another 5 years for states to get their acts together does absolutely nothing for the planet or the people breathing polluted air.
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    Voting to extend is like saying you don't care about protecting children from potential danger since one of the biggest concerns is exposing children to lung damaging air pollution. It's only 5 parts per billion we are talking about. And it's to improve public health something that should be on everyone's minds since healthcare is up in the air.
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    Ground level ozone is harmful to human health in a variety of ways. You can read more about that, in this report from the World Health Organization, http://www.who.int/globalchange/publications/climchange.pdf,. Ground level ozone circulates in the atmosphere and is carried across state lines. So, they only way to fairly protect everyone equally, is for it to be regulated by the Federal Government not individual State Governments. This regulation, should be based on coordinated recommendations from the medical community and the scientific community. To make sure these harmful pollutants are limited, as much as possible. This will have numerous benefits, it will protect human health (as these pollutants can cause asthma, and other human respiratory ailments).It will create more jobs in the clean energy technology sector. Jobs overall will not be lost, but rather shifted. Simply because, If it raises the cost of one form of energy, people may buy another, but that will increase jobs in that energy sector. Furthermore, when we regulate pollution it creates jobs in the research and development of cleaner technologies. Additional jobs are created in the production, distribution and sales forces of the clean energy technologies industries. In summary, regulating pollution is necessary to protect our health and our economic sustainability. This regulation must be done by the Federal Government rather than State Governments, because the air we breathe and water we drink cross state lines and are shared by everyone.
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    If state governments were run intelligently, there would have been ample time to comply already. Poor planning should not be excused.
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    How long have we known ozone is a problem? Like over 50 years. They've had enough time. This is just more knuckle dragging on the environment from Repugs.
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    This bill will systematically weaken the Clean Air Act, undermine Americans' right to healthy air and delay long overdue life-saving health standards.
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    We must protect our environment. The states have had sufficient time to comply.
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    We can't afford to wait.
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    Delay, delay, delay. Then what happens when another deadline comes up? Delay again? Stick to the mandated deadline and requirements
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    Scientists understand how important the ozone layer is.
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    Nine years is plenty
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    We are out of time. We need to make immediate positive changes to protect our environment
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    There has been sufficient time for states to be compliant
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    Oh sure, why wouldn't I want more dirty air to breath so investors can reap more money. Thanks for the dirty air Nebraska rep Adrian Smith.
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    Our safety and our planet deserves better. It's time to pressure states to comply and progress, not stall and digress.
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    Time is a luxury we do not have regarding implementing environmental measures.
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    Our safety and our planet deserves better. It's time to pressure states to comply and progress, not stall and digress.
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    It's time to step up and change things for the better.
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