U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., welcomed the White House's decision today asking the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw premature and costly updates to 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards and reconsider them in 2013 as set forth by the Clean Air Act. The EPA estimates compliance costs for meeting the proposed higher air quality standards could be as much as $20 billion to $90 billion a year. In July, Corker joined Senate colleagues from both parties in a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson expressing significant concerns with the regulations' impact on businesses and state and local governments and requesting the agency "continue its ongoing statutory review of new science, due in 2013, and not finalize the reconsideration at this time."
"Hyperactive regulations from Washington are adding to economic uncertainty facing consumers and businesses and harming efforts to establish an environment for economic growth and new job creation," Corker said. "I'm pleased the White House has agreed to withdraw these premature and burdensome new rules, recognizing the reality that state and local governments, families, and industries critical to the economy simply can't afford the tens of billions of dollars in compliance costs. Given the challenges we face economically, it only makes sense to wait until 2013 before considering any appropriate changes to rules implemented just a few years ago."