Ozone Reduction Strategies
Information Tool Kit
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The following categories identify example strategies for reducing ozone. Please follow the Web links below to view example actions taken by state, local and other organizations to reduce ozone.
The voluntary strategies and ozone reduction tools, listed in the links below, which are not products of the US Environmental Protections Agency, do not necessarily represent the views of the US EPA nor should their presence be construed as an endorsement by the US EPA.
Clean Air Act
- The Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act provides a brief introduction to the 1990 Clean Air Act. The 1990 Clean Air Act is the most recent version of a law first passed in 1970 to clean up air pollution. This summary covers some of the important provisions of the 1990 Clean Air Act and may help you understand what is in the law and how it may affect you. (updated April 2007)
- The Air Pollution Training Institute (APTI) - provides technical air pollution training to state, Tribal, and local air pollution professionals. APTI's goal is to facilitate professional development by enhancing the skills necessary to understand and implement environmental programs and policies. APTI also provides self-instructional courses, training videos, webinars, and a course calendar for upcoming training by multi-jurisdictional organizations, and some state and local agencies.
- State Implementation Plans for Ground-Level Ozone: Webinar for State and Local Air Agencies - recording of a webinar held June 16, 2010
- National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Air Quality Training - State and local air officials receive training on air pollution from a number of sources. Link to many of those sources from this site.
Case Studies and Urban Planning Tools
- Air Quality Improvement: Guide for Local Governments - A publication of the National Association of Counties.
- Federal Highway Administration - Livability in Transportation Guidebook - includes information on case studies, programs, resources, and information on partner activities.
- Climate and Air Pollution Planning Assistant (CAPPA) is a decision support tool designed to help U.S. local governments explore, identify, and analyze potential climate and air pollution emissions reduction opportunities.
- A Human Health Perspective on Climate Change (PDF) (80pp, 4.9 MB) - A publication of the National Institute of Environmental Health Services.
- EPA’s Science Notebook – Asthma - EPA’s Science Notebook offers a window into science at the EPA, through stories, interviews, videos, podcasts and more.
- EPA Airnow’s air quality publications –these publications provide information to help raise awareness about air quality index, health factors associated with air pollution and reports that provide technical guidance on air quality forecasting.
- Actions to Protect Health activity recommendations fact sheet (PDF) (1pg, 95k)
- Ground-level Ozone and Health - Fact Sheet (PDF) (3pp, 28k)
- Heart Disease, Stroke, and Outdoor Air Pollution - Fact Sheet (PDF) (2pp, 325k)
- Proposal to revise the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone – Fact Sheet (PDF) (6pp, 39k)
- Ozone and your health – Brochure (PDF) (2pp, 2.6 MB)
- Smog – Who does it hurt? (PDF) (10pp, 818k) - What you need to know about ozone and your health.
- Summertime Fun – Keeping kids safe from sun and smog – flyer (PDF) (2pp, 206k)
- Ozone Good up High, Bad Nearby: Ozone acts as a protective layer above the earth, but it can be harmful to breathe. This publication provides basic information about ground-level and high-altitude ozone.
EPA Air Quality Initiatives/Programs
- AirNow School Flag Program - Helps children, parents, school personnel and the community be aware of daily air quality conditions using colored flags.
- Air Quality Awareness Week - The EPA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric administration’s National Weather Service urges Americans to “Be Air Aware” during Air Quality Awareness Week and throughout the year.
- Enviroflash - EnviroFlash is sponsored by the EPA with support from State and local air quality agencies. EnviroFlash provides air quality information such as forecasts and action day notifications via email for your area of interest.
- AIRNow - The U.S. EPA, NOAA, NPS, tribal, state, and local agencies developed the AIRNow Web site to provide the public with easy access to national air quality information. The Web site offers daily AQI forecasts as well as real-time AQI conditions for over 300 cities across the US, and provides links to more detailed State and local air quality Web sites.
- Tribal Air - Native American Tribes have a primary role air resources in Indian country. Indian tribes have express authority under the Clean Air Act to manage air quality on their reservations.
- Smartgrowth Network – The EPA joined the US Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Transportation to help improve access to affordable housing, more transportation options, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment in communities nationwide.
- EPA Partnership Programs offer participating enterprises a wide variety of valuable services and resources to reduce their overall environmental impact.
- Environmental stewardshipis the responsibility for environmental quality shared by all those whose actions affect the environment. While all of EPA’s work supports environmental stewardship in some way, users can search here for some of the programs and resources that may be of most interest.
- Voluntary initiatives that can help state and local agencies, community groups, businesses and other organizations improve air quality by reducing emissions from the transportation sector.
Voluntary Initiatives and Measurements– SIP Credits
- General Guidance on Innovative and Voluntary Air Pollution Control Strategies - These guidance documents outline basic processes in place for securing air quality credit for voluntary and innovative emission reduction programs in the context of state implementation plans, emission trading programs, and economic incentive programs. These documents are in the process of being updated please return for the most current information.
- Incorporating Voluntary Stationary Source Emission Reduction Programs Into State Implementation Plans - EPA guidance documents outlining basic processes in place for securing air quality credit for voluntary and innovative emission reduction programs in the context of state implementation plans, emission trading programs, and economic incentive programs.
- Voluntary Programs to Improve Transportation and Air Quality - that can help state and local agencies, community groups, businesses and other organizations improve air quality by reducing emissions from the transportation sector.
- Voluntary Mobile Source Emission Reduction Program in SIPs (PDF) (15pp, 39k): Voluntary mobile source measures have the potential to contribute, in a cost-effective manner, emission reductions needed for progress toward attainment and maintenance of the National Ambient Air Quality
- Guidance for Quantifying and Using Long Duration Truck Idling Emission Reductions (PDF) (33pp, 378k): emission reductions may be quantified in State Implementation Plans and Transportation Conformity
- Guidance for Quantifying and Using Long Duration Switch Yard Locomotive Idling Emission Reductions (PDF) (24pp, 726k): Reductions may be quantified in State Implementation Plans
- Protect the Environment: On the Road - Information on the environmental impacts of transportation.
- US EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality: State and Local Transportation Resources