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Manufacturers: Improving Air Quality Is a Top Priority; EPA Announcement Is the Wrong Approach

Washington, D.C. – Following the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that it will reconsider National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement:

“Improving air quality in the U.S. is a priority for manufacturers, and we’ve worked for years to make progress in delivering some of the cleanest manufacturing processes in the world. Based on the EPA’s own data, air quality has improved by more than 30% over the past 20 years, even as production and energy consumption have increased.

“The EPA’s announcement today to reconsider the PM 2.5 standard will only further weaken an already slowing economy. It will push states and localities into a nonattainment designation, which will halt new investment, stop operations in some circumstances and cost jobs. Manufacturers are already concerned about the threat of a recession—62% believe that the U.S. will officially slip into a recession in 2023, according to the Q4 2022 NAM Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey released yesterday.

“Today’s announcement is the wrong approach. Let manufacturers do what they do best: innovate and deploy modern technologies to protect the environment, while creating jobs and strengthening the economy.”


The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12.9 million men and women, contributes $2.77 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and accounts for 55% of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the NAM or to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, please visit

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