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New Research Says Reducing Ozone Levels Produces Medical Benefits But Manufacturers Say the Rules Are Inflexible

New Research Says Reducing Ozone Levels Produces Medical Benefits But Manufacturers Say the Rules Are Inflexible

Researchers at the University of Chicago say that rules affecting smog-forming ozone that went into effect on October 1 will save billions in medical costs each year. Manufacturers counter, however, that the rules are too rigid and need to be rewritten.

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EPA Ozone Guidelines Target Oil, Natural Gas

The EPA has released guidelines to reduce smog-forming ozone emissions from oil and natural gas production. The guidelines provide recommendations that states can use to make rules to reduce these emissions but is not “a regulation itself,” the EPA says. “This document does not impose any requirements on facilities in the … Read more »

Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Finalized. Will Power Sector Legal Challenges Follow?

In a move to reduce nitrogen (NOx) emissions from power plants that contribute to ozone pollution in the eastern US, the EPA has finalized updates to the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.

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Manufacturers Move to Intervene in Ozone Standard Lawsuit

The National Association of Manufacturers has moved to intervene in a lawsuit that challenges the Obama administration’s ozone standard. The new rule, issued in the fall, limits ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion from 75 ppb. “As the courts debate the legality of this new regulation, manufacturers are already … Read more »

EPA Smog Rule Targets Cross-State Air Pollution

The EPA today announced a proposal that targets smog-forming air pollution transported across state lines. The agency says it will reduce summertime emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) from power plants that contribute to downwind ozone problems in the eastern half of the US. The proposed updates to the agency’s … Read more »

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EPA Tightens Smog Standards

The EPA issued tighter smog standards yesterday, limiting ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion from 75 ppb. The agency says the updated National Ambient Air Quality Standards will reduce the public’s exposure to ozone pollution and says the public health benefits of the updated standards, estimated at $2.9 to … Read more »

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Soon-to-Come Ozone Rule Will Have Varying Impacts on Business

If the EPA lowers ground-level ozone — a decision it is likely to make this month — some businesses, cities and regions will be affected more than others, HPAC Engineering reports. The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to review the ozone pollution standards every five years. The current standard, … Read more »

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Pharmaceutical Residue Creates New Wastewater Treatment Challenges

Pharmaceutical residue and other micropollutants are creating new challenges in wastewater treatment as well as environmental concerns. Water treatment and ozone technology company Primozone has been working with reduction of micropollutants in wastewater during the last year and has identified a need for increasing the knowledge about the problem and … Read more »

Tenneco Unveils Tier 3 Emission Control Technologies

Tenneco has exhibited a demonstration vehicle equipped with several emission control technologies designed to meet upcoming US EPA Tier 3 emissions regulations. In addition to meeting the Tier 3 emissions regulations, the technologies are designed to deliver efficiency improvements that can help automakers further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. US EPA … Read more »