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Obama withdraws ozone rulemaking

USPresident Barack Obama has requested that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdraw its Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) rulemaking. The standards had been proposed for ground-level ozone in January 2010 with final standards expected to be released at the end of August the same year with provisions based on scientific evidence about ozone and its effects on people and the environment. In the same month, the EPA also proposed strengthening the eight-hour primary ozone standard that is designed to protect public health and suggested a seasonal secondary standard to protect sensitive vegetation and ecosystems. In January this year, Lisa Jackson, administrator of the EPA, declared she was fully committed to the finalising the EPA’s reconsideration of the Clean Air Act and expected to release this recommendation by the end of July. However, President Obama has now changed the plans outlining concerns about reducing regulatory burdens and uncertainty as the economy continues to recover. With that in mind, he stated, he has requested that the standards are withdrawn at this time and they will be reconsidered in 2013.

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Paul Lucas

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