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Yup . . . Nonattainment Areas in the Middle of the Ocean

May 1, 2012

Look at where the high ozone levels are occurring on these maps.  Now imagine a State off the coast of Virginia or a State in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico.  Yup . . . it would be nonattainment.  The new States would be required to develop a SIP demonstrating how each State would reduce enough emissions to achieve the ozone standard—or face sanctions.  Doesn’t matter if the State logically pointed out that there are no industrial plants or cars in the ocean.

  • Each State shall have the primary responsibility for assuring air quality within the entire geographic area comprising such state by submitting an implementation plan for such State which will specify the manner in which national primary and secondary ambient air quality standards will be achieved and maintained . . .” (42 U.S.C. § 7407(a)).

Is the brokenness of the SIP process now completely transparent?

Let’s address this problem at the root.  Time to transform the SIP process.  We can make it happen.

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