House Energy and Commerce Committee Approves Ozone Bill

June 28, 2017 – The House Energy and Commerce Committee marked up and approved – by a vote of 29 to 24 – H.R. 806, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) on February 1, 2017.  Among the provisions of the bill are ones to phase in implementation of the 2008 and 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and delay final designations under the 2015 standard until 2025; extend the timeframe for reviewing the NAAQS for any criteria pollutant from every five years to every 10 years; authorize the EPA Administrator to consider technological feasibility as a “secondary consideration” when revising a NAAQS; and allow, until 2025, permits for new and modified industrial facilities to be processed under the less-stringent 2008 ozone NAAQS.  It is expected that H.R. 806 will go to the full House for a vote before the August recess, although floor time has not yet been scheduled.