Thursday, August 3, 2017

Update: EPA no longer delaying ozone designations

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After news of the lawsuit being brought by 15 states, EPA chief Scott Pruitt rescinded his decision to delay implementation of the new national air quality standards. As mentioned in the NFRMPO blog post from yesterday, Chief Pruitt postponed by a year the Oct 1, 2017 deadline for meeting the 2015 ozone standards. This was to avoid "interfering with local decisions or impeding economic growth". Despite the EPA Chief removing the delay, the 15 states have promised to keep up pressure to improve air quality and enforce the Clean Air Act.

More information is available from the Associated Press.

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