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TCEQ Commissioners Challenge EPA Proposed Ozone Standards

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. - Texas Environmental Update, 2010

TCEQ has gone on record strongly opposing recent federal standards that propose to reduce the ozone 8-hour primary standard from 0.075 ppm to a range of 0.060 to 0.070 ppm, available at http://www.epa.gov/ozonepollution/actions.html.  In a media interview, Chairman Bryan Shaw criticized the scientific data EPA used to support the proposed standards and claimed that the reductions might not provide meaningful benefits.  The Chairman also underscored the significance of the economic impacts that the additional reductions, if passed, would cause.  Responding to questions regarding the Agency’s strategy, the Chairman stated that the Agency planned to submit comments on the proposed rule during the public comment period and  that a lawsuit challenging the rules was not out of the question.  The press release is available at: http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/agency/ozone_proposal.html