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EPA to revisit draft ozone standards

President Barack Obama has requested that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdraw the draft Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards. In a statement released on Sept. 2, Obama said that work is already underway to update a 2006 review of the science that will result in the reconsideration of the ozone standard in 2013.

The statement by the White House recognizes that EPA was considering an ozone rule that was inappropriate given that previously scheduled reviews were due to take place under the Clean Air Act.

“Ultimately, I did not support asking state and local governments to begin implementing a new standard that will soon be reconsidered,” Obama said.

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said EPA will revisit the ozone standard in compliance with the Clean Air Act.

Scott Segal, director of the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council, praised the president’s decision, saying the pending ozone was one of many “overlapping and costly rules” in store for American industry and specifically the power sector. “He recognized that the precarious condition of the U.S. economy made expensive new Clean Air rules very dangerous to the well-being of the American people.”

To read the Statement by the president on the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards, click here

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