The Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed a rule that would have reduced emissions of smog-causing chemicals. Unfortunately that rule was rejected by President Obama, saying that it would impose a burden on industry and local governments during a time of economic distress. It has been argued, by business groups and Republicans that the proposed rule would cost a great deal of money and thousands of jobs.
The EPA proposed lowering the ozone standard to 60 - 70 parts per billion, throwing hundreds of American counties out of compliance with the Clean Air Act and requiring new emissions controls. During the Bush administration, that number was set to 75 parts per billion and the current administration will do its best to follow those standards for now.
Ozone, combined with other compounds can create smog and contribute to many ailments such as asthma, lung disorders and heart problems. When the EPA learned of the rejection of their proposal, a variety of emotions ranging from disappointment to fury made it very clear that they are not happy with the decision. Perhaps the proposal will be revisited in the future.
Air Purifying Systems and Solutions reminds you to do your part in keeping air clean for your friends and loved ones.