By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

ARTBA is supporting two separate U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiatives regarding the Clean Air Act. One deals with particulate matter; the other on cost-benefit analysis.

In June 29 comments, the association backed EPA’s proposal to retain the current National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for particulate matter. Specifically, ARTBA pointed to EPA’s own data showing how current standards have achieved “significant” reductions. ARTBA has also noted that by withholding federal highway funding from counties found out of compliance with NAAQS threatens the transportation improvements essential to reducing congestion and improving air quality. 

Additionally, ARTBA Vice President of Regulatory and Legal Issues Nick Goldstein spoke July 1 at a EPA public hearing to support the agency’s proposal to increase the use of cost-benefit analysis in Clean Air Act rulemaking.

“An accurate review of economic impacts is essential to the discussion of any proposed regulation,” Goldstein said. “No matter their intentions or end goals, all regulations impact job creation, development and the overall economic health of the areas where they are implemented.  Being able to accurately quantify these effects allows better decision making when balancing the costs and benefits achieved by proposed regulations.”

ARTBA will submit more detailed written comments on EPA’s cost benefit proposal by Aug. 3.