EPA revises smog standard
In October 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) improved America’s national air quality standard for ground-level ozone—more commonly known as smog— while falling short in adequately protecting public health.
Smog is a dangerous air pollutant that is linked to premature deaths, asthma attacks and other serious heart and lung diseases.
EPA improved our national smog standard from 75 parts per billion to 70 parts per billion. However, that was the least protective end of the range recommended by the EPA’s independent scientific advisors and the nation’s leading health and medical societies. They had recommended a standard of 60 to 70 parts per billion.
EDF believes that America has the innovation and the determination we need to follow the medical science, and protect our children and communities from dangerous smog pollution.
Smog press releases and resources
October 1, 2015
September 27, 2015
February 2, 2015
January 29, 2015
EDF at Senate Subcommittee Hearing: Strengthened Smog Standards Urgently Needed to Protect Human Health and the Environment
December 17, 2014
November 26, 2014
EDF toxicologist: EPA must protect our communities and our children from ground-level ozone pollution
October 8, 2014
October 6, 2014
EPA technical experts recommend strengthening health safeguards for ground-level ozone pollution, commonly known as smog
September 2, 2014
January 27, 2014
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