WASHINGTON (June 16, 2015) — The Automotive Service Association (ASA) said it is meeting with officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about pending changes in air quality standards for ground-level ozone.
ASA officials have met with the EPA on Capitol Hill and also at the National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Mich., regarding proposed ozone standards of between 65 and 70 parts per billion (ppb), the association said.
The current EPA ozone standard is 75 ppb. “The EPA is now taking comment on an even more aggressive standard of 60 ppb,” the ASA said.
Meanwhile, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a June 3 hearing on three pending bills which would effectively delay implementation of the tougher ozone standards. Support for the bills ran along partisan lines, with Republicans supporting the bills and Democrats opposing them, the ASA said.
The EPA is expected to issue a final ozone rule in November 2015.