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EPA Indicates Willingness to Acknowledge Foreign Pollution Impacts on States

May 9, 2014

Foreign Pollution Responsibility

Here is a recent quote from the San Joaquin Valley Air District:

 —–“EPA has indicated its willingness to begin a process through the 2015 conference described below to develop policy that enables regions that can scientifically quantify TAO [Transboundary Anthropogenic Ozone] impacts to incorporate those estimated impacts into their SIP modeling. The policy-related outcome of this incorporation will be to refine ozone design values for Valley ozone monitors based on impacts from TAO. This will result in reduced ozone monitor design values.” .”—San Joaquin Valley Air Quality Management District (April 17, 2014 Board Meeting, see link)

What is the result of approving such a Section 179B petition and appropriately removing responsibility for foreign pollution from a State?  The result is that no one is then responsible for the pollution—even though it is impacting people’s ability to breathe in our country.  There is no “good neighbor” provision in the Clean Air Act to help States achieve attainment when it comes to foreign pollution.

Time to fix this problem at the root.

The world is changing.  We must change with it.  Time to transform the SIP process.  We can make it happen.

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