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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will narrow its final particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) from 12 to 9 micrograms per cubic meter. This level is unattainable for many parts of the country and poses a serious threat to American industries.

“The Biden administration is once again making it impossible to do business in America. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is using an onslaught of burdensome regulations to completely stifle America’s manufacturing, mining, agriculture and energy industries. Knowing that these air quality standards are unfair and unrealistic, the administration still chose to put a target on the back of American industry and force good jobs overseas. President Biden needs to stop pandering to environmental extremists and focus on supporting our industrial workforce in Wyoming and across the country.”

In September of 2023, Senator Barrasso joined Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and their Republican colleagues in a letter urging the EPA to rescind its proposed PM2.5 national ambient air quality standard.