EPA to hold public hearings on proposed smog standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold three public hearings on the proposed updates to the national air quality standards for ground-level ozone, also known as smog. EPA has proposed to strengthen the standards to a level within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion to better protect Americans’ health and the environment, while taking comment on a level down to 60 ppb.

The hearings will be held Jan. 29 in Arlington, Texas and Washington, D.C. A hearing will also be held Feb. 2 in Sacramento, Calif. Each hearing will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 7:30 p.m. local time.

The agency estimates that the benefits of meeting the proposed standards will significantly outweigh the costs, preventing asthma attacks, heart attacks, missed school days and premature deaths, among other health effects.

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