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Regional coalition approves new air quality plan

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Central Texas Clean Air Coalition has adopted a new plan to help keep the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan statistical area in compliance with federal ozone standards.

The Ozone Advance Program Action Plan, developed in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will replace the 8-O3 Flex Plan, which expires Dec. 31, 2013. It represents a voluntary initiative in which local governments and other organizations in the region will continue implementing measures to reduce ozone pollution.

Remaining in compliance with federal ozone standards continues to be a high priority for this region, both to protect public health and to avoid the costly impacts of a “nonattainment” designation.

Reducing ozone levels provides health benefits for children, seniors, and people with chronic respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis.

If an area is designated “nonattainment” for ozone, consequences also could prove serious for the regional economy, including new constraints on transportation planning, strict limits on industrial growth and a host of costly pollution regulations.

Nonattainment would result in the loss of local control of air quality planning and would impose new costs on the state in preparing implementation plans for the region. 

> Read the new plan
> Discover the Clean Air Coalition
> Learn more about Ozone Advance
> Explore CAPCOG's Air Quality Program

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