The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is now questioning the scientific validity of newly proposed air quality standards by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The NAM cautions these new regulations could levy significant burdens on U.S. manufacturers, creating new international competition.
The particulate matter standards (PM), referred to as National Ambient Air Quality Standards could be further restricted under a new EPA proposal published in the Federal Register on January 17, 2006. This proposal now begins a 90-day comment period. Particulate matter is material suspended in the air in the form of minute solid particles or liquid droplets, especially when considered as atmospheric pollutants.
The Bush Administration has already issues a number of regulation changes that work toward reducing emissions of PM. The NAM's position is the proposed revision of the PM standard could undermine these newly created regulations.
The NAM will develop comments to submit to the EPA for review during the comment period.