Help EPA Reduce Ozone

January 19, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed strengthening revisions to the national ground-level ozone standard. Also known as smog, ground-level ozone is a major pollutant in the Washington, D.C., area and northern Virginia has not attained the current standard for some time.

You can speak out on January 19 at an EPA hearing at the William Jefferson Clinton East building, Room 1153, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20460.

You can register to speak at a specific time at a hearing by contacting Eloise Shepherd at 919-541-5507 or shepherd.eloise@epa.gov. People may also register in person on the day of the hearing. EPA will accept written comments on the proposed standards until March 17, 2015. The agency will issue a final rule by Oct. 1, 2015. For more information on the proposal and instructions for submitting written comments visit http://www.epa.gov/glo/actions.html.

"Bringing ozone pollution standards in line with the latest science will clean up our air, improve access to crucial air quality information, and protect those most at-risk. It empowers the American people with updated air quality information to protect our loved ones - because whether we work or play outdoors – we deserve to know the air we breathe is safe," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. "Fulfilling the promise of the Clean Air Act has always been EPA's responsibility. Our health protections have endured because they're engineered to evolve, so that's why we're using the latest science to update air quality standards – to fulfill the law's promise, and defend each and every person's right to clean air."