AUSTIN  – The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s (TPPF) Kathleen Hartnett White, distinguished senior fellow-in-residence and director of the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment, and Doug Domenech, director of the Fueling Freedom Project, today issued the following statements on reforming the rulemaking process for ozone and other pollutants regulated under the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS):

“EPA’s new standard would be bereft of any benefit without EPA’s sham science and imagined coincidental benefits,” said White. “The National Academy of Science and other scientific bodies have recognized EPA’s corruption of science to support pre-determined policy outcomes. After decades of dramatic improvement in air quality, the reforms like those envisioned in the Ozone Standard Implementation Act could restrain this now rogue agency.”

“It is important that Congress step in and curtail EPA’s relentless attack on business productivity and economic development regardless of the costs and dubious health benefits,” said Domenech. “As Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Chairman Bryan Shaw testified, ozone pollution levels have been lowered to such a degree that the law of diminishing returns has made it more and more difficult to continue to reduce pollutant levels. The Ozone Standards Implementation Act (H.R. 4775, S. 2882) will make the needed changes in the law.”

TPPF was one of 60 groups to sign a letter this week to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK) asking they reform the rulemaking process for ozone and other pollutants regulated under NAAQS. The letter argued that without changes to the regulation and reform of the rulemaking process, economic activity across the country could be brought to a standstill.

To view the full letter, please visit:

To schedule an interview with Ms. White or Mr. Domenech please contact Elizabeth Lincicome at [email protected] or 919-744-8087.

The Honorable Kathleen Hartnett White is Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence & Director of the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment. She is the author, with Steve Moore, of the forthcoming "Fueling Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on Energy," (Regnery Publishing, May 2016).
The Honorable Doug Domenech is Director of the Fueling Freedom Project at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Domenech most recently served as Secretary of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia and served as White House Liaison and deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.

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