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Manufacturers to White House: Revising Air Regulation Makes Nearly Half the Nation Ineligible for New Manufacturing Investment

Washington, D.C. The National Association of Manufacturers, along with 71 leading business groups representing sectors across the economy, urged White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients to help ensure that the Environmental Protection Agency maintains existing National Ambient Air Quality Standards for fine particulate matter (PM2.5).

“Manufacturers in America are committed to improving air quality and have been responsible for the development of new processes and technologies that have made our sector more sustainable,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “The Biden administration’s proposal to make these standards even more stringent is putting manufacturing investment at risk across vast swaths of the country and will jeopardize nearly 1 million jobs. If the president and his agencies want the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the CHIPS and Science Act to succeed—and want to see manufacturing in America continue to grow—they should refrain from further changes to the standard, which is already among the most aggressive in the world.”

As the letter states:

A proposed discretionary revision to this standard, which is under review by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, could put nearly 40% of the U.S. population in areas of nonattainment. Doing so would risk jobs and livelihoods by making it even more difficult to obtain permits for new factories, facilities and infrastructure to power economic growth. This proposal would also threaten successful implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the CHIPS and Science Act and the important clean energy provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act.

Our members have innovated and worked with regulators to lower PM2.5 concentrations significantly, and further progress is being made as part of the energy transition investments. The EPA recently reported that PM2.5 concentrations have declined by 42% since 2000, driven by major emissions reductions from both mobile sources and the power sector. As a result, America’s air is cleaner than ever.

A recent analysis conducted by Oxford Economics and commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers found that the proposed standard would reduce GDP by nearly $200 billion and cost as many as 1 million jobs through 2031.

At 8 ug/m3, the lowest level considered by the EPA, more than 20% of all U.S. counties would be out of attainment and thrown into permitting gridlock.

To view the full letter, click here.


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 13 million men and women, contributes $2.91 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and accounts for 53% 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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