GOP congressmen object to ozone rule
Four Illinois GOP congressmen have signed a letter urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to back off proposed tougher anti-ozone rules.
"Yet again, EPA is moving the goal posts on regulations they've already placed on states like Illinois," said Rep. Randy Hultgren of Winfield, who termed the proposal "a dangerous over-reach."
"Current (ozone) standards seem to be working to an unanticipated degree of success and shouldn't be changed until completed and fully analyzed," he continued, saying that 80 percent of the jobs in the state could be hurt by the standards.
The standards have generated huge push-back from parts of the business community. But environmental groups say the public's health is at stake and argue that the Obama administration should have moved earlier to limit such pollution.
The other signers are Joliet's Adam Kinzinger and downstaters Mike Bost and Rodney Davis. Notably not on the letter are Kenilworth's Bob Dold, who is in a tight re-election race in his north suburban district, and Wheaton's Peter Roskam.