What’s Going On

The challenge: The EPA has proposed imposing stricter air regulations on U.S. that would not only hurt existing manufacturing facilities but could also jeopardize both American manufacturing competitiveness and current and future investments in innovation, including new clean energy manufacturing, that are critical to addressing climate change.

What we’re doing about it: The NAM is rallying manufacturers to urge EPA to reconsider its proposal and urging Congress, if given the opportunity, to oppose these harmful tightened regulations. Protecting manufacturers’ ability to invest in the development of innovative modern technologies that address air quality, reduce emissions and protect the environment, while protecting manufacturing jobs and growing the economy is a top priority.


Using Our Voice

Can we share your story? The voice of manufacturers is one of our most powerful tools in helping to reach key decision makers in Washington who can protect manufacturers from unnecessary red tape that will weaken America’s competitiveness. Tell us how these regulations threaten your company’s operations or why you think they pose a significant risk to the industry  Please contact NAM Director of Issue Advocacy Sarah Hoffman.


Take action below. Together, we can make sure that the voice of our industry reaches key decision makers in Washington who can oppose these harmful regulations. Simply complete the form below to submit a customized message to your members of Congress.

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Quick Facts

Key findings from the NAM’s new report highlight the direct threat posed by the EPA’s proposed standard on manufacturing’s sustainable innovation that boosts economic growth and creates jobs.

  • Proposed regulations are projected to threaten $162.4 billion to $197.4 billion of economic activity and put 852,100 to 973,900 current jobs at risk, both directly from manufacturing and indirectly from supply chain spending.
  • The regulations create a total economic exposure of $87.4 billion for manufacturing economic activity, equal to 2.4% of the U.S. manufacturing sector’s gross value added.
  • The number of manufacturing jobs associated with this exposed activity is 311,600, or 1.9% of all U.S. manufacturing employment.
  • Manufacturing in the U.S. exposed to the proposed standard supports between $75 billion and $110 billion in GDP and between 540,500 and 662,300 jobs in the U.S. through supply chain spending.
  • Due to limits on expansion and investment, the proposed rule would put at risk approximately $138.4 billion of gross value added (in 2021 prices) and 501,000 jobs in 2027 in areas of nonattainment.
  • Under the proposed rule, 200 counties could be placed out of attainment.
  • California’s manufacturing sector will be most exposed, followed by Michigan and Illinois.
  • Manufacturing operations in the U.S. are environmentally cleaner than the global average.

From the NAM Newsroom

Don’t miss the latest news and insights from the NAM newsroom and the media on manufacturers’ work to educate the EPA and Congress to on why these regulations threaten manufacturers ability to invest in themselves and the workforce.