On March 15, the NAM filed a petition for the U.S. Court of Appeals to review the EPA's latest regulation of particulate matter. The regulation, published on Jan. 15, lowered the primary annual National Ambient Air Quality Standard for particulate matter from 15 to 12 micrograms per cubic meter. The NAM had urged EPA to retain the current standard, but the agency opted to move forward with a more aggressive and damaging regulation.
NAM's President and CEO Jay Timmons said that the "new standard will crush manufacturers' plans for growth by restricting counties' ability to issue permits for new facilities, which makes them less attractive for new business. Essentially, existing facilities will have to be shuttered for new facilities to be built in these areas. This is not a conducive way to create jobs."
Further details about the legal basis for the challenge will become available when the initial statements of issues are due on April 17.