WASHINGTON (April 20, 2004) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is ordering 474 U.S. counties to take steps to meet new federal standards for ozone, such as enhancing vehicle emissions inspection programs.
The counties—mostly either in California or in the eastern third of the U.S.—failed to meet the eight-hour ozone limit of 0.08 parts per million which takes effect June 15. They have deadlines of 2007 to 2021 to meet the standard, depending on the severity of their ozone problem.
“The automotive repair industry must engage at the local, state and federal levels to ensure that air quality initiatives prioritize effective vehicle emissions programs,” said Robert L. Redding, Washington representative for the Automotive Service Association (ASA), in a press release.
The ASA has listed the EPA's ozone designations of state and tribal areas on its legislative Web site, www.takingthehill.com.