EPA Reveals Tighter Smog Standards

Law360, New York (January 7, 2010, 5:28 PM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled strict new standards for smog Thursday, proposing limits that take into account ozone's effect on the environment and on public health, drawing praise from environmental organizations and criticism from energy groups.

The EPA's plan, which comes with a price tag of $19 billion to $90 billion, calls for a primary standard of between 0.060 and 0.070 parts per million, as well as a separate secondary standard aimed at protecting plants and trees from ozone-related damage.

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