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Inhofe Warns EPA Action Could Have Severe Economic Impacts on Oklahoma

Washington, D.C.—Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, warned today that the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed revision to the ozone standard could have severe economic impacts on Oklahoma. If EPA follows through on its decision, at least nine counties in Oklahoma--Canadian, Cherokee, Comanche, Creek, Kay, Mayes, Oklahoma, Ottawa and Tulsa--will face severe restrictions on economic development.

"I am proud that over the past few years we have made tremendous progress in cleaning up our air in Oklahoma,” Senator Inhofe said. “In fact, today there is not a single county in Oklahoma is in violation of ozone standards. And we will continue to make progress in the years ahead. But if EPA follows through on its action, Oklahoma communities will face severe restrictions on their ability to grow and promote economic development.  Today, as our nation faces difficult economic times, the last thing Washington needs to do is impose more regulations that will drive up costs on families while destroying jobs."