By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory affairs & assistant general counsel, ARTBA

ARTBA, joining a coalition of more than 200 industry associations, is urging passage of H.R. 4775, the “Ozone Standards Improvement Act of 2016.”

The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas), would give states and counties more flexibility to meet federal Clean Air Act (CAA) standards. Counties that do not meet these standards are in jeopardy of having their federal highway funds withheld.

CAA standards are currently reviewed every five years. Under H.R. 4775, the span between reviews would increase to 10 years, allowing states and localities sufficient time to comply with the law.

ARTBA has long championed this reform, repeatedly pointing out in both legislative and regulatory forums that states and localities often do not have enough time to meet existing standards before the government creates new ones.  This regulatory cycle results in what ARTBA has termed “moving the goalposts in the middle of the game” and creates a situation where states and localities struggle to reach compliance with the CAA.

The bill is currently before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  Read the April 18 coalition letter.