WASHINGTON (CN) – The Environmental Protection Agency threatened to reject New York’s plan to limit ozone emissions, saying the state has not shown that it instituted all reasonably available control technologies and will not meet the 8-hour ozone standard in the New York Metropolitan Area or statewide.
If New York does not submit an acceptable plan to the EPA within 18 months of final disapproval, it could face imposition of a federal implementation plan and limitations on its receipt of federal highway funds.
The Clean Air Act authorized the EPA to establish National Ambient Air Quality Standards that apply to outdoor air throughout the United States.
The eight-hour ozone attainment standard is the maximal amount of ozone in any eight-hour period that a human can be exposed to before exposure becomes harmful to human health, and is currently set at 0.08 parts per million.
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