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EPA eases smog rules, is sued over methane emissions

Joe Mont | June 7, 2017

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt this week sent a letter to state governors to inform them that the state deadlines of a 2015 program intended to reduce smog-causing ozone emissions will be extended by one year.

Critics have called the Obama Administration’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards for state ozone emissions one if its most costly and burdensome environmental rules.

“States have made tremendous progress and significant investment cleaning up the air. We will continue to work with states to ensure they are on a path to compliance,” Pruitt said in a statement.

The National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ground-level ozone is an outdoor air regulation under the Clean Air Act.  As part of the process to determine what areas of the country are able to...

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