Hoeven Statement on EPA Finalizing Unattainable, Costly Standards for U.S. Energy Producers & Manufacturers

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a new regulation imposing unworkable mandates and greater costs on manufacturers and energy producers, contributing to higher prices for American consumers. Last year, Hoeven joined his colleagues in pressing the EPA to rescind the changes to the particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), with the senators:

  • Citing a review completed by the agency in 2020 that demonstrated the current standards are effective in reducing pollution and protecting public health.
  • Stressing the new standards are not technologically or economically feasible.
    • In particular, the senators highlighted that the vast majority of PM2.5 emissions result from wildfires, road dust, international transport and other sources that are exceedingly difficult to control.
    • As a result, the regulatory burden and costs will fall on critical U.S. industries, including energy development and manufacturing, and ultimately penalize American consumers.

“The existing air quality standards at the EPA are proven to be safe and effective in reducing pollution. Rather than accept this success, the Biden administration has finalized another burdensome regulation that sets unattainable standards for our energy producers and manufacturers. The result is obvious – higher costs for Americans, less energy security and more off-shoring of good jobs,” said Hoeven.