Friday, January 29, 2010

EPA Public Hearings on Air Quality Standards for Smog

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold three public hearings on the proposal to strengthen the nation’s air quality standards for ground-level ozone, also called smog.

Exposure to smog is linked to a number of serious health problems, ranging from aggravation of asthma to increased risk of premature death in people with heart or lung disease. The agency is proposing to set the “primary” standard, to protect public health, at a level between 0.060 and 0.070 parts per million measured over eight hours. EPA is also proposing to set a separate, seasonal “secondary” standard to protect the environment, especially plants and trees. The hearings will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 7:30 p.m. local time, or later if necessary, at the following locations:

Feb. 2: Arlington, Va. Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport 2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy Arlington, Va. 22202

Feb. 2: Houston Hilton Houston Hobby Airport 8181 Airport Blvd., Houston, Texas 77061

Feb. 4: Sacramento, Calif. Four Points by Sheraton at Sacramento International Airport 4900 Duckhorn Dr. Sacramento, Calif. 95834

To register to speak at these hearings, please contact Tricia Crabtree (919) 541-5688.

The public may also register on the day of the hearing but may not be given a specific time slot to speak. EPA also will accept written comments on the proposed standards until March 22, 2010.

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