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EPA to Hold Public Hearings on Air Quality Standards for Smog

Release Date: 01/29/2010
Contact Information: Cathy Milbourn 202-564-7849 202-564-4355 Dave Ryan 202-564-7827 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold three public hearings on the proposal to strengthen the nation’s air quality standards for ground-level ozone, also called smog. Exposure to smog is linked to a number of serious health problems, ranging from aggravation of asthma to increased risk of premature death in people with heart or lung disease.
The agency is proposing to set the “primary” standard, to protect public health, at a level between 0.060 and 0.070 parts per million measured over eight hours. EPA is also proposing to set a separate, seasonal “secondary” standard to protect the environment, especially plants and trees.

The hearings will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 7:30 p.m. local time, or later if necessary, at the following locations:

Feb. 2: Arlington, Va.
Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport
2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Arlington, Va. 22202

Feb. 2: Houston
Hilton Houston Hobby Airport
8181 Airport Blvd.

Houston, Texas 77061

Feb. 4: Sacramento, Calif.
Four Points by Sheraton at Sacramento International Airport
4900 Duckhorn Dr.
Sacramento, Calif. 95834

To register to speak at these hearings, please contact Tricia Crabtree at or (919) 541-5688. The public may also register on the day of the hearing but may not be given a specific time slot to speak.

EPA also will accept written comments on the proposed standards until March 22, 2010.

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