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Obama Kills Stricter Ozone Standard

Under mounting concerns that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed tightening of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone would impede economic recovery and reduce employment,

President Obama today issued a press release announcing that the proposed  rule has been withdrawn.  By pulling the plug on the stricter ozone standard, the 0.75 ppm standard adopted in 2008 remains in effect, depending on the outcome of litigation challenging the 2008 standard.  The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has projected that four counties in Indiana will be designated as nonattainment under the 2008 standard, resulting in additional pollution control requirements for new and modified sources in those counties. Had the proposed stricter standard been finalized,  IDEM had projected that between 17 and 27 counties would have fallen into nonattainment status.  The EPA is planning to review the ozone standard again in 2013. Please visit the White House’s website to read President Obama’s full statement. If you have questions about this issue, please contact the Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Group at Bingham Greenebaum Doll.

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