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President Withdraws New Ozone Standards until at Least 2013

Posted in Air, Compliance, Sustainability

On September 2, 2011, in a move that surprised both businesses and environmentalists, President Obama instructed EPA to withdraw the draft ozone ambient air quality standards, promising reconsideration of the standard in 2013 based upon an updated review of the science. The President cited the need to reduce regulatory burdens and uncertainty while the economy recovers.  Until then, EPA will continue to make attainment determinations under the 2008 standard. Many areas of the country are not off the hook, since EPA has determined that some areas of the country have not attained the earlier ozone standard. Read more in an article I recently published.