COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) co-sponsored an amendment introduced by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) that would suspend for two years the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s greenhouse gas (GHG) permitting regulations for stationary sources. The Senate voted on the amendment today.
Ohio Chemistry Technology Council President Jack R. Pounds issued the following statement:
"Ohio's chemistry companies welcome Senator Brown's amendment to suspend EPA's GHG permitting regulations, which threaten our industry's 46,000 Ohio jobs and thousands of others in downstream sectors. The amendment is a step in the right direction on this important issue.
"We look forward to working with Senator Brown to ensure that a solution is achieved within the next three months. Prompt action is critical, as Phase 2 of EPA's greenhouse gas regulations go into effect July 1, 2011, and will significantly affect stationary sources, including Ohio's manufacturing plants.
"We commend Senator Brown for demonstrating his commitment to Ohio jobs by leading an effort to pass legislation to fix the problem. Ohio manufacturers, farmers and small businesses are depending on Senator Brown and his colleagues to resolve this issue."
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