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These are our goals when it comes to government regulation and the rulemaking process. From Internet governance and healthcare, to financing and the workplace, to electricity generation and oil and gas production – excessive regulation is choking small businesses. Entrepreneurship, new business creation and job growth are suffering. The archaic and broken regulatory system needs reform. Everyone impacted by regulation needs a voice in the process, not just special interests. The lack of transparency and openness is also at the core of one of the most controversial rulemakings today: proposed revisions to ozone regulations, which the EPA is scheduled to update in 2015.

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The Center for Regulatory Solutions will educate the American public about the burdens and consequences of over-regulation on the economy. We will also seek to improve the rulemaking process, so that small business owners and those impacted by regulations are treated fairly. Small business owners and entrepreneurs must have a voice to ensure their needs and concerns are heard, and acted upon. This will be an essential part of our mission, because all too often, rulemakings are manipulated by certain special interests, and as a result, sound science and the rule of law give way to politics and ideology. It will be the Center’s job to expose this tendency, and make the rulemaking process more open and transparent. With your help, we will ensure regulators are held accountable for their decisions.

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Ozone Standard Announced Today Dismisses Vast Bipartisan Opposition

New 70ppb Standard Will Come at Cost to Jobs and Economic Growth

Washington D.C., – Today, Karen Kerrigan, President of the Center for Regulatory Solutions (CRS), a project of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, released the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s announcement that he will dramatically tighten the federal ozone standard from the current 75 parts per billion (ppb), set in 2008 and only recently implemented, to a standard of 70 ppb:

“President Obama’s decision to dramatically tighten the ozone standard will hit small businesses and their employees hard. While the pain could have been even more acute with a tighter standard, this rule will mean fewer jobs and less economic opportunities in communities across the US. 

“Sadly, President Obama sided with pressure groups over the vast number of state and local officials of both parties, business and labor groups and state air regulators who urged him to continue to reap clean air benefits by enforcing the existing standard.”

The change is expected to have far-reaching economic consequences that have been highlighted by CRS in a series of state-focused reports on impacts of the regulation, including for Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. In making this decision, the President dismissed bipartisan concerns from elected officials, business and labor groups as well as state regulators and public health experts who pushed back on the standard and urged the Administration to maintain and fully implement the current standard.

Overwhelming Opposition Came from Civic and Business Groups, Environmental Regulators, Public Health Experts and Organized Labor

Elected Officials from Both Parties are Introducing Legislation

Majority of Voters Oppose Lowering the Ozone Standard

Even President Obama Acknowledged Issues with the Proposal:

CRS will continue to highlight the economic implications of burdensome federal regulations on our nation’s small business owners.



About CRS

The Center for Regulatory Solutions is a project of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, a 501c(4) advocacy, research, education and networking organization dedicated to protecting small business and promoting entrepreneurship. For twenty-three years, SBE Council has worked to educate elected officials, policymakers, business leaders and the public about policies that enable business start-up and growth.

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