Fisher objects to the EPA proposal to reduce allowable concentrations of ground-level ozone from 75 parts per billion to between 65-and-70.
She says it’s not a minor adjustment.
“It is startling what this does,” according to Fischer. “It is the most expensive regulation that has ever been proposed.”
The Obama Administration is considering an even lower threshold. The EPA has invited comments on a proposed to lower the standard to 60 parts per billion.
Fischer, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, contends the change would require manufacturers to install expensive equipment to control the ozone, or limit production, or buy “offsets.”
Fischer objects not only to the proposed regulation, but how the Obama Administration is handling it.
“This is something, once again, that we see come out through regulations without, I believe, the proper debate taking place and really looking at the consequences of these regulations,” Fischer says.
A similar proposal floated in 2011 was estimated to cost businesses and utilities $90 billion a year.
Click here for EPA Ozone maps.
Click here for National Association of Manufacturers take on proposed regulation.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]