U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville joined his fellow Senate Republicans in co-sponsoring a Congressional Review Act resolution Thursday.

The resolution is an attempt to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from enforcing a new rule which tightens National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter standards.

Last month, Tuberville led 30 Senate colleagues in a letter to the EPA demanding recission of the recently finalized NAAQS rule without readily available science and before the congressionally mandated review set for 2025.

According to Tuberville, the Biden administration’s EPA is unnecessarily changing PM2.5 emissions from 12.0 micrograms per cubic meters (µg/m³) to 9.0 µg/m³, which will put around 40% of the U.S. into nonattainment. EPA’s data shows PM2.5 emissions have fallen by over 40 percent since 2000.

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“The current U.S. air quality standards are clearly working-we have some of the cleanest air in the world,” said Tuberville. “The EPA’s decision to tighten the National Ambient Air Quality Standards will hurt businesses, crush manufacturing, and drive-up prices. Not to mention these unnecessary regulations will make it impossible for manufacturing and forestry industries to do their jobs.”

“Joe Biden needs to spend less time pushing his job-killing climate agenda and instead focus on lowering prices for American families, businesses, and workers,” Sen. Tuberville said.

He also noted that the majority of PM2.5 emissions come from sources unrelated to manufacturing, such as wildfires and miscellaneous activities, like dust from agriculture and roads that are not easily contained.

Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.



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