MADISON – Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) celebrated a victory for Wisconsin on Tuesday after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released air quality designations for the 2015 ozone national ambient air quality standards.
EPA initially proposed finding all of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, Waukesha, and Racine counties as well as portions of Kenosha, Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Door counties in nonattainment last December. However, EPA solicited feedback on the original proposal. WMC, along with other industry partners, provided comments to the agency calling on them to recognize the available scientific and technical data to significantly decrease the geographic scope of the nonattainment zone.
In a tremendous victory for Wisconsin and its regulated community, EPA largely agreed with WMC’s comments, and issued designations finding that only portions of Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Door counties are failing to attain the standard.
In response, WMC General Counsel and Director of Environmental & Energy Policy Lucas Vebber made the following statement:
“Today’s decision is a major victory for Wisconsin and a big step forward. We thank the Wisconsin DNR for the work they’ve done to provide the scientific and technical data on the unique ozone issues facing Wisconsin, and we thank EPA for recognizing and addressing our state’s concerns. Compared to what was proposed in December, significantly fewer Wisconsinites will be subject to the onerous regulatory burden imposed by a nonattainment designation. While more work needs to be done, today’s action by EPA is welcome news for our state.”
The designations will need to be published in the federal register and will take effect 60 days after that.
For more information, contact:
Nick Novak, 608.258.3400