COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Yesterday, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) wrote to President Obama urging the administration to re-evaluate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) greenhouse gas (GHG) permitting regulations and assess their "economic repercussions and potential unintended consequences" on U.S. manufacturers and others.
Ohio Chemistry Technology Council President Jack R. Pounds issued the following statement:
"Ohio's chemistry companies welcome Senator Brown's interest in EPA's GHG permitting regulations, which threaten our industry's 46,000 Ohio jobs and thousands of others in downstream sectors.
"While we were encouraged by Senator Brown's letter to the president, we were troubled that only hours later his staff indicated he would not be pursuing a solution in Congress that would require EPA to delay these burdensome rules.
"We hope that Senator Brown will reconsider and demonstrate his commitment to Ohio jobs by leading an effort in the Senate to pass legislation that will fix the problem. Ohio manufacturers, farmers and small businesses are depending on him."
BACKGROUND: The Ohio Chemistry Technology Council is the statewide trade association for Ohio's chemistry industry—which employs some 46,000 Ohioans at more than 700 locations. Members of the Council include large, medium, and small companies engaged in the research, development, production, and marketing of chemistry technology in Ohio. The Council supports the industry through advocacy, outreach, education, and member services programs.
Ohio's chemistry industry is a $20 billion plus high-technology industry that competes globally. Its employees enjoy wages and benefits that are much higher than those of the average Ohio worker.
SOURCE Ohio Chemistry Technology Council