August 30, 2015
Thirteen states, including California, are taking the EPA to court. They're suing to overturn federal ozone standards that the states say are too weak.
The federal lawsuit says the Environmental Protection Agency's
new smog-control standards are not stringent enough to protect the
elderly, children, and people with respiratory problems.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, came on the same day that several
health and environmental organizations filed a parallel suit.
The EPA's new standards require that airborne ozone
concentrations be lowered from a maximum 84 parts per billion to 75
parts per billion. Most health experts had recommended a limit of 60 to 70 parts
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