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EPA extends 2015 Ozone NAAQS area designation deadline

Friday, June 09, 2017
Source: Environmental Protection Agency

WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt notified states that the agency will extend the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) initial area designations for the 2015 ozone NAAQS by one year.

“States have made tremendous progress and significant investment cleaning up the air. We will continue to work with states to ensure they are on a path to compliance,” said the EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

NAAQS for ground-level ozone is an outdoor air regulation under the Clean Air Act. As part of the process to determine what areas of the country are able to meet the current air quality standards, states are currently submitting their proposals for area designations under the 70 parts per billion (ppb) standard, which was lowered from 75 ppb in 2015. Areas designated as being in “nonattainment” of the standard face consequences, including: increased regulatory burdens, restrictions on infrastructure investment, and increased costs to businesses.

The EPA is giving states more time to develop air quality plans, and EPA is looking at providing greater flexibility to states as they develop their plans. And, pursuant to the language in the recently-enacted FY2017 Omnibus funding bill, Administrator Pruitt is establishing an Ozone Cooperative Compliance Task Force to develop additional flexibilities for states to comply with the ozone standard.

> Read the full release. 
> Read Pruitt's letter to governors.
> Find your community’s ozone designation.
> Learn about the CAPCOG Air Quality Program.

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