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Stricter ozone standards would be disastrous for the economy
Stricter ozone standards would be disastrous for the economy

Your editorial on ozone regulations suggests we would have no national ozone standards at all without the EPA's onerous new regulations ("Holding one's breath, GOP style," Dec. 8). Not true. The current ozone standards of 75 parts per billion (ppb) are the most stringent in history. Issued in 2008, the standards haven't even been fully implemented yet. In fact, EPA has yet to release implementation guidance for the 2008 rule. Even so, EPA reports that national average ozone levels have fallen 33 percent since 1980 — including 18 percent since 2000. That's a dramatic air quality improvement that we can build on by allowing states to continue...

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