EPA to Reconsider “Do Nothing” Ozone Rule
Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said in a court filing that it will reconsider the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone, also known as smog. Under former President Trump, the previous EPA issued the flawed rule in late December 2020, leaving the outdated 2015 standards in place. Those standards set levels that were not protective of public health or the environment and allowed ozone pollution to persist in quantities that scientific studies show harms vulnerable populations and ecosystems.
Earthjustice is the lead on a lawsuit UPHE is part of which sued EPA over its Do Nothing ozone rule in February.
“This is a positive and encouraging step. Considering ozone pollution is deadly and levels far below the EPA’s standard have broad adverse health effects, including destroying lung tissue, and even causing thousands of failed pregnancies and still births, we know it’s long past due that stronger protections be put in place.”