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EPA NWI meeting federal air quality standards

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) are announcing that Porter and Lake counties and areas of Muncie are meeting federal air quality standards.

EPA and IDEM are formally re-designating the Indianapolis area to attainment of the 2010 sulfur dioxide air quality standard, the Muncie area to attainment of the 2008 lead standard, and are proposing to re-designate Porter and Lake counties to attainment for the 2008 ground-level ozone standard.

“Three years of air monitoring data show these areas now meet these National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) set to protect public health,” according to a statement released by EPA and IDEM after deadline on Monday.

“Hoosiers across Indiana are breathing cleaner air today because of IDEM’s collaborative partnership with EPA,” IDEM Commissioner Bruno Pigott said. “Achieving air quality attainment in Muncie and Indianapolis, along with the proposed air quality re-designations for Lake and Porter counties, reflects our continuing effort to protect human health and our environment.”

“EPA’s partnership with the State of Indiana has resulted in cleaner, healthier air across the state in areas that are home to more than 1 million people overall,” EPA Region 5 Administer Kurt Thiede said. “In addition to cleaner air, once these areas have been re-designated, local businesses face fewer air permitting restrictions, paving the way for the infrastructure and economic development that help people create jobs.”

Meanwhile, “EPA and IDEM are proposing to re-designate Porter and Lake counties--home to more than 660,000 people--to attainment of the 2008 NAAQS for ozone, as well as approving Indiana’s plan to ensure that the area will continue to meet the standard,” the statement said. “According to emissions modeling, federal regulations that set fuel and motor vehicle emission standards helped to improve ozone concentrations in the area. The area’s re-designation and air quality maintenance plan will not be final until the public has had the opportunity to comment on the proposal. If Lake and Porter counties are re-designated for ozone, the area will meet all federal air quality standards.”

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“Reduced sulfur dioxide, ozone, and lead in the atmosphere means healthier air for the residents of Indiana, especially for children, the elderly, and those who suffer from asthma or other respiratory conditions,” the statement said. “Reduced levels of these pollutants are also good for the environment. Nationally, the concentration of sulfur dioxide in the air has decreased 80 percent from 2000 to 2018, lead concentrations by 93 percent, and ozone by 16 percent during that time period. All other air pollutants regulated under NAAQS--carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and particulate matter--have also significantly decreased thanks to the various air quality management and control strategies developed and implemented at the local, state, regional, and national level.”

 

 

Posted 4/29/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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