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Markey: Obama Ozone Standard Will Get Pollution Levels Out of Danger Zone

Reverses Bush Administration Anti-Science Decision on Air Pollution

Today the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency announced new stronger rules for ozone pollution, reversing an anti-science position taken by the Bush administration. The new proposed standard sets ozone pollution – the main component of harmful smog – at levels consistent with recommendations from the EPA’s panel of science advisors, the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). The Bush administration had set pollution standards above those recommendations.

Chairman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) of the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment in the Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over the EPA, issued the following statement:

“Our ozone standards have been in the danger zone for long enough, and these new pro-science standards encourage the adoption of cleaner, pollution-cutting technologies.

“The Bush administration set flawed standards that failed to protect public health. This new rule will save thousands of lives each year, decrease health care costs, and will continue America’s new push for cleaner energy, air and water.

“We can all breathe a little easier knowing that a pro-science Obama administration and EPA is back on the beat.”

PLEASE NOTE: The House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming was created to explore American clean energy solutions that end our reliance on foreign oil and reduce carbon pollution.

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