Critical report might obscure US air-quality gains

10/18/2004
A report critical of US Environmental Protection Agency efforts to reduce ground-level ozone pollution can create a faulty impression.The Sept. 29 report by EPA's inspector general points out that more than 159 million Americans live in areas not meeting the recently adopted 8-hr ozone standard and that "most polluted metropolitan areas are still struggling to attain EPA's [less strict] 1-hr ozone standard established over 25 years ago."The report focuses on the failure of many cities to cut emissions of ozone precursors by the 3%/year required by clean-air laws and points out ways EPA can toughen enforcement.Findings like these feed the widespread impression that air quality in t...
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