EPA is proposing a stricter ozone rule that many experts say is just wrong-headed.
EPA’s current ozone standard has drastically reduced smog and needs more time to go into full effect, critics of the proposed rule say. Imposing a new, more stringent ozone rule now would cause unnecessary economic hardship and job losses, they argue. And a new standard probably would be unattainable in many parts of the country.
EPA just released a report that seems to support some of what the proposal’s critics are saying. According to EPA, some of its existing ozone reduction programs are performing better than planned. Here’s what EPA said about its report, Fuel Trends Report: Gasoline 1995-2005:
EPA’s clean fuels programs have exceeded expectations in reducing ozone pollutants and air toxics. A new report based on data collected from 1995-2005 finds emission reductions often significantly greater than regulatory requirements. The data, which provide a view of recent gasoline property trends, are mainly from EPA’s reformulated gasoline (RFG) and anti-dumping programs.
According to the report, average sulfur content in all gasoline dropped to about 90 parts per million in 2005 from a whopping 300 parts per million in 1997. Conventional gasoline nitrogen oxide and toxics emissions also decreased, the report said.
To read the report in full, click here.
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