The Obama administration has began the review process to reduce allowed concentration of ozone in the air. The Office of Management and Budget confirmed that it had received Environmental Protection Policy Agency’s rule. Currently the major source of ozone is fossil fuels. In order for the regulation to be effective there has to be a massive reduction in the use of fossil fuels.
A study has shown that cutting the ground level ozone standards from the current 75 parts per billion to between 65 and 70 parts per billion is estimated to cost $1.1 trillion. The National Association of Manufacturers termed it the most expensive regulation.
While setting the standards the EPA is obliged to consider public health. This is stated under the Clean Air Act. The Sierra Club also reiterated support of the consideration. The Director of Beyond Coal campaign Mary Anne Hitt said, “It’s time to take the advice of doctors and medical scientists, and act to protect the health of American families by setting much stronger protections from smog pollution.”
Generally the Obama Administration has had a wide controversy over the Ozone rule. Most of the complaints have been based on the fact that the control would impact both the costs of fossil fuels and the companies which use them.