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Industry Groups Challenge Petition Seeking to Force Release of EPA Ozone Rule

3:43 PM MDT | August 29, 2011 | Kara Sissell

Industry groups have challenged a petition filed by environmental and public health groups seeking to force the agency's final rule revising the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone. The environmental groups argue that EPA’s repeated missed deadlines merit a court order forcing EPA to finalize the rule. In 2008, EPA tightened its ozone NAAQS, reducing the eight-hour standard to 0.075 parts per million (ppm), from 0.084 ppm. However, that fell short of recommendations from EPA’s Clean Air Science Advisory Committee, which unanimously...

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