EPA to hold public hearings on new ozone standard

On November 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a new national ambient air quality standard for ozone, the most widespread air pollutant, and one of the most dangerous. The standards would set the official limit on how much ozone pollution is too much, and help inform the public when the air in their community is dangerous to breathe.

EPA will hold three public hearings on the proposed updates to the national air quality standards for ground-level ozone, also known as smog. EPA has proposed an ozone level within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion to better protect American’s health and the environment, while taking comment on a level as low as 60 ppb. The agency estimates that the benefits of meeting the proposed standards will significantly outweigh the costs, preventing asthma attacks, heart attacks, missed school days and premature deaths, among other health effects.

The hearings will be held on Jan. 29 and Feb. 2, 2015. Each hearing will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 7:30 p.m. local time.

Jan. 29: Arlington, Texas
Arlington City Hall
101 W. Abram Street
Arlington, Texas, 76010

Jan. 29: Washington
U.S. EPA
William Jefferson Clinton East building, Room 1153
1301 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20460

Feb. 2: Sacramento, Calif.
California Air Resources Board
Byron Sher Auditorium
1001 “I” Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

The public may register to speak at a specific time at a hearing by contacting Eloise Shepherd at 919-541-5507 or shepherd.eloise@epa.gov. People may also register in person on the day of the hearing. EPA will accept written comments on the proposed standards until March 17, 2015. The agency will issue a final rule by Oct. 1, 2015.

The New York Times reports on air pollution in major cities

A review of air pollution levels in the world’s largest cities.
http://nyti.ms/1CoXYdZ

Pollution Around the World: A Matter of Choices
Europe’s level of pollution may surprise some people, but it all comes down to a society’s priorities.

Next CAB Community Meeting

The next community meeting of the Clean Air Board will be on Jan. 8, 2015, at 7 pm.  We will be meeting at the Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive in Carlisle.

No Clean Air Board meeting in December

The Clean Air Board will not be holding a community meeting in December.  The next community meeting of the Clean Air Board will be on Jan. 8, 2015, at 7 pm.  We will be meeting at the Second Presbyterian Church in Carlisle.

EPA proposes to revise ozone air quality standard

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has  announced that it will make revisions to the primary and secondary NAAQS for ozone (O3) to provide requisite protection of the public health and welfare. The EPA is proposing to revise the primary
standard to a level within the range of 0.065 to 0.070 parts per million (ppm).  The current standard is 0.075 parts per million. EPA is required by law to periodically review and revise the public health standard to reflect the most recent scientific and medical information.  For more information, go to: http://nyti.ms/1uXDCIj

Air quality action – July 12, 2014

A(n) Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley, PA, on Saturday, Jul 12

Tomorrow’s Forecast
Saturday, Jul 12: 105 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
73 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)
Extended Forecast
Sunday, Jul 13: 78 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)
55 AQI Moderate Ozone

No meeting in July

The Clean Air Board will not be meeting in July.  See you in August – date to be announced.

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