Business groups: Smog rule would hurt Pa. economy

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 2, 2015 3:01 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Pro-business groups say the federal government's plan to reduce smog will hurt Pennsylvania manufacturers and the state's broader economy. 

A new report by the Center for Regulatory Solutions says 33 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties would be in violation of the stricter emissions limit on smog-forming ozone, triggering mandatory curbs.

The report, which was obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its release later today, says a stricter ozone standard could discourage factories from opening or expanding, stifle the natural gas industry, force delays in highway and bridge construction, and lead to expanded emissions testing for vehicles. 

The Obama administration plans to finalize its ozone regulation by October 1.

The Environmental Protection Agency says reducing ozone emissions will save lives. 

Health and environmental groups are pressing the EPA to cut emissions even more.  

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