August 30, 2015

Study: 34 Ohio Counties Will Be In Violation Of EPA Ozone Standards

As Connecting the Dots has argued previously, many areas of the United States – including national parks – would be in violation of new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) air quality/ozone standards as soon as they take effect. A recent study by the Center for Regulatory Solutions confirms this argument. The CRS looked at Ohio as a case study and concluded:

  • At least 34 Ohio counties, including some of the state’s most populated, would immediately be in violation of the rule;
  • Those 34 counties represent 84 percent of Ohio’s gross domestic product (GDP) and 80 percent of the state’s workforce;
  • Ohio has already taken “substantial efforts to improve its air quality,” which means the EPA regulations would duplicate those efforts;
  • The ozone rule is a “tax” on the state’s power plants that will lead to “higher residential and industrial energy costs”;
  • Eight counties that make up parts of the Cleveland area would be in violation of the rule;
  • Those eight counties alone represent ($177.2 billion) of Ohio’s GDP and nearly 30 percent of its workforce;
  • Five of the eight counties are high-poverty areas already, so price increases in those areas would be particularly burdensome;
  • The economic impact of the rule will be felt most in Ashtabula and Lorain counties “where the manufacturing sector represents the largest sector of their economies” (15 and 14 percent, respectively).