Monday, 05 October 2015 20:35

New Ozone Rule Will Inflict Pain on Manufacturers

Jobs Could be Lost Across New Mexico

Washington, D.C., and Albuquerque, NM, October 1, 2015

Today, the President and Founder of the New Mexico Business Coalition, Carla J. Sonntag, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons and Neenah Enterprises, Inc. President and CEO and NAM Small and Medium Manufacturers Group Chair Tom Riordan, who represent manufacturers and business across the United States and New Mexico issued the following statements on the Environmental Protection Agency’s new ozone regulation:

NMBC President Carla Sonntag said, “New Mexico manufacturers and others are producing valuable jobs for our state. The new ozone requirement could be detrimental to businesses required to navigate the tide of increasing government regulations at the expense of job creation opportunities. New Mexicans are satisfied with air quality and are against more government regulations that hurt businesses. They are far more concerned with job creation and feeding their families.” See the New Mexico poll here on our website.

“Today, the Obama Administration finalized a rule that is overly burdensome, costly and misguided,” said NAM CEO Jay Timmons. “For months, the Administration threatened to impose on manufacturers an even harsher rule, with even more devastating consequences. After an unprecedented level of outreach by manufacturers and other stakeholders, the worst-case scenario was avoided. However, make no mistake: The new ozone standard will inflict pain on companies that build things in America—and destroy job opportunities for American workers. Now it’s time for Congress to step up and take a stand for working families.”

“We know that this regulation could have been worse, but it still feels like a punch in the gut,” said Riordan. “Manufacturers are tough and resilient, but when Washington puts politics above job creation, we still pay a price. Now manufacturers across this country, especially smaller companies, will be forced to choose between navigating this rule and hiring new workers, between complying with Washington’s mandates and giving raises for their employees.”

NMBC The New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC), the NM Affiliate Group for the National Association of Manufacturing, is a non-partisan advocacy organization representing businesses of all sizes, employees and New Mexican families throughout the state. NMBC works specifically to change the business environment in New Mexico to one that fosters and promotes job creation and an improved quality of life for all New Mexicans. NMBC knows our state can do better by lessening the burden on businesses in the form of taxes, fees, registrations, and other requirements. POB 95735 • Albuquerque, NM 87199 • (505) 836-4223 • nmbiz@nmbizcoalition.org.

NAM The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.09 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the National Association of Manufacturers please visit www.nam.org.

Contact: Carla J. Sonntag, (505) 836-4223

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