EPA Ozone Rule: A Few Consequences

By March 13, 2008Energy

From The Toledo Blade:

Toledo, Monroe, and Lima, Ohio, probably will find themselves out of compliance with tighter smog controls announced last night by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

From The Nashville Tennessean:

About 345 counties nationwide, including several in Tennessee, would not be able to meet the new ozone standard today. They include Nashville-area counties Davidson, Sumner, Wilson and Williamson.

They will all have years to achieve compliance.

Those that don’t make the grade could be prevented from locating large new industries or other plants that emit nitrogen oxide and other ozone-creating compounds — or could require more pollution controls.

In the Nashville area, officials might have to prove that any new highway construction project would not add to the problem.

From The Akron Beacon Journal:

The Akron-Cleveland area will likely be required to use cleaner, more costly gasoline in order to comply with the tighter federal limit beginning in 2013, said Lynn Malcolm, director of the Akron Regional Air Quality Management District.

Malcolm said he would be shocked if less-evaporative gasoline is not mandated, at least during summers, for vehicles in Summit, Portage, Medina, Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Geauga and Ashtabula counties.

He said he was unable to speculate what new and costly requirements might be imposed on Ohio industries, vehicles and coal-burning power plants in order to comply.

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Already struggling to meet the old ozone standards, the state will now have to find ways to meet the new directive. These Georgia counties are in violation of the new EPA standards: Bibb, Athens-Clarke, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Murray, Paulding, Richmond, Rockdale.

Expect tougher regulations for coal-fired power plants, engines and fuels, as well as bans on outdoor burning and other controls.

On and on and on….

Credit, by the way, to all the media outlets cited above. They’ve been paying attention to the ozone issue for some time now and were able to write informative accounts about the consequences of this unnecessary new rule. Lots of other places, where the news has failed to get out, are going to be in for a big, big surprise.

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