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On Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, President Barack Obama requested that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson withdraw the "Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards" draft until further notice. The draft, which had been created by the EPA, was focused on developing new anti-smog standards. In doing so, the EPA was hopeful that the earth's environment, as well as the health of millions of Americans and global citizens, would continue to improve in the future.
Due to the nation's recent economic figures, as well as the Bureau of Labor Statistic's release of August's "The Employment Situation," which found that no net job growth had occurred throughout the entire month, President Obama is presently focused on developing novel plans to improve job statistics and to create new jobs for millions of unemployed Americans throughout the coming months.
"I have continued to underscore the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover," Obama said in a statement released by the Office of the Press Secretary to the general public. "With that in mind, and after careful consideration, I have requested that Administrator Jackson withdraw the draft Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards at this time."
President Obama continued to address this issue in a statement, which was published on WhiteHouse.gov.
"Work is already underway to update a 2006 review of the science that will result in the reconsideration of the ozone standard in 2013," Obama said. "Ultimately, I did not support asking state and local governments to begin implementing a new standard that will soon be reconsidered."
Still, President Obama is also determined to maintain his relationship with the EPA, as the organization continuously strives to implement new regulations which will further improve the quality of life of current citizens and future generations.
"My commitment and the commitment of my administration to protecting public health and the environment is unwavering," Obama said. "I will continue to stand with the hardworking men and women at the EPA as they strive every day to hold polluters accountable and protect our families from harmful pollution."
Meanwhile, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson also released a statement in regards to the withdrawal of the draft. The statement was published on Yosemite.EPA.gov.
"Since day one, under President Obama's leadership, EPA has worked to ensure health protections for the American people, and has made tremendous progress to ensure that Clean Air Act standards protect all Americans," Jackson said. "We will revisit the ozone standard, in compliance with the Clean Air Act."
For further information, and to read President Obama's official statement, please visit this link.