Congressman Tim Ryan and Members of the Ohio Congressional Delegation Urge the Biden Administration to Protect Ohio Jobs
Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) joined a bipartisan group of Ohio lawmakers to urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to ensure a federal regulation set to go into effect on hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions does not negatively impact Ohio jobs and industries.
The letter to the EPA and OMB was signed by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH-13), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-9), David P. Joyce (R-OH-14), Joyce Beatty (D-OH-3), David P. Joyce (R-OH-14), Troy Balderson (R-OH-12), Steve Chabot (R-OH-1), and Bill Johnson (R-OH-6).
Worthington Industries is an Ohio-based steel cylinder manufacturing company that employs 4,000 Ohioans and makes a specialized steel cylinder for the U.S. air conditioning/refrigeration industry that could be impacted by the EPA ruling.
“Tackling climate change is critical for not only ourselves, but our children and grandchildren – and we must move forward in a smart, effective way. That is why I joined with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to outline clear steps that can both reduce emissions and protect American jobs. This is an issue the cuts across the political spectrum,” said Rep. Tim Ryan.
The lawmakers recognize the effect that hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions have in contributing to global warming potential, but they call on the EPA to refrain from including a ban of non-refillable cylinders – which could have an impact on Worthington’s operations. The lawmakers provided the EPA with several alternatives to an outright ban, such as a mandatory take-back regime or more stringent regulatory requirements for recovery and recycling that will effectively reduce HFC emissions.
The full letter can be found here.