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Do we really need more regulations?

Ozone levels have dramatically fallen since the 1970s. Now it is time to reassess whether the costs of further reductions justify the projected benefits. Under the current Clean Air Act, EPA has determined that it is necessary to push more stringent requirements every five years. This is no longer realistic given current technology and the sources of pollution. The United States has the opportunity to improve our economy, but economically burdensome regulations like more stringent ozone restrictions threaten this opportunity.

By EPA’s own conservative estimates, their recently finalized ozone rule will be the single costliest regulation in U.S. history. Meanwhile, our air is cleaner than it’s been in decades. Instead of celebrating that progress, EPA insists on trying to squeeze water out of a rock.

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