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EPA sets tighter smog limit, drawing flak from all sides

EPA sets tighter smog limit, drawing flak from all sides

The Environmental Protection Agency tightened limits on smog-forming air pollution Thursday, saying the move is needed to protect the health of millions of children and adults with respiratory problems.

The decision promptly drew criticism from both ends of the spectrum. Environmentalists and health experts contend that the new ozone standard of 70 parts per billion isn't low enough to help many asthmatics and other sensitive individuals in Maryland and nationwide. Business and industry leaders, who had warned any tightening of the ozone limit could hurt the economy, denounced the action.

The standard appears likely to keep pressure on Maryland to further reduce the state's...

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