EPA considers tougher requirements for cutting smog - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

EPA considers tougher requirements for cutting smog

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is postponing an announcement Wednesday on whether it plans to tighten federal air quality requirements for smog.

Officials and lobbyists said they had been told the EPA was ready to announce it would tighten the federal ozone, or smog, standard to 75 parts per billion. That's a concentration that falls short of what health experts have said is needed to protect children and the elderly. Business groups have argued that the current 80 parts per billion should not be changed.

EPA spokesman Jonathan Shradar confirmed that the announcement was being postponed and said he could not say whether it would be rescheduled.

A tougher smog rule would force many counties to find more ways to reduce air pollution.

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