API welcomes relief to states on implementing air quality standards
WASHINGTON, April 12, 2018 – API today welcomed action by the Trump administration to streamline the implementation of air quality standards to promote public health, environmental protection and economic growth.
“Today’s memo by President Trump will help states to implement the stringent requirements of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards to improve air quality without unnecessarily hampering manufacturing and business expansion,” said API Senior Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Howard Feldman. “Since 2005, U.S. ozone concentrations have fallen 17 percent due in part to investments by the natural gas and oil industry of approximately $339 billion, since 1990, toward improving the environmental performance of its products, facilities and operations.
“We look forward to continuing this progress in achieving our shared goals of protecting public health and the environment and meeting the nation’s energy needs.”
API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 625 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 40 million Americans.