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States Responsible for Offsetting Ozone Climate Change Impacts

May 29, 2012

Here is a link to a May 2012 presentation from Harvard University on the predicted impacts of climate change on ozone levels in the United States.  It looks like in addition to offsetting up to 15 ppb of foreign ozone pollution (see NOAA study) , States will also be responsible for offsetting up to 10 ppb of predicted ozone climate change impacts in future modeling runs.  That’s potentially 25 ppb of ozone that States cannot control that States will be ultimately responsible for addressing via the SIP process.  And since States cannot reduce global CO2 levels enough to make CO2 controls an effective ozone SIP control strategy, and because a Section 179B demonstration for CO2 would be even more problematic, States will be forced to offset these predicted ozone climate change impacts by requiring additional NOx and VOC controls on local citizens and businesses via the SIP process (see 42 U.S.C. § 7407(a)).

Time to tell the public what is happening.  They deserve to know the truth.  All will be well.

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