Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 4775, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act, which the Majority Leader originally co-sponsored:
“The current Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulatory process is broken. Only 2% of the EPA’s Clean Air Act regulations are adopted in the statutorily mandated timeframe, which allows environmental groups to sue, the EPA to settle, and new regulations to be imposed by court action instead of through a proper regulatory process. This bill fixes a provision that is exploited for sue-and-settle purposes by extending the deadline mandating reviews of the ozone standards from five to ten years, all without changing the already tough requirements our communities must meet. Ultimately, we must recognize that sometimes regulations don’t need to be changed to improve air quality. In my district in the Central Valley in California, we’ve already made remarkable progress, but the Obama Administration is trying to move the goal posts and impose new fines. So this bill also saves my community and others from unnecessary penalties while we continue the good progress we’re already making to clean up the air.
“As an original co-sponsor of this legislation, I would like to thank Representative Pete Olson (TX-22) for his leadership on this bill to ensure we have reasonable regulations that actually help our environment.”