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EPA Weighs Options to Speed and Strengthen Air Quality Standard-Setting Process

Release Date: 04/03/2006
Contact Information: John Millett, (202) 564-4355 /

(4/3/06) Options intended to ensure that the best and latest available science is used in setting and reviewing air quality standards were submitted today by EPA officials. The recommendations, outlined in a memo to the agency's deputy administrator, would promote the timeliness for setting air quality standards, provide consistency with other agency rulemakings and enable a more thorough review of the latest science on air quality. In developing its recommendations, EPA officials considered input from members of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), environment and industry stakeholders and EPA staff. The agency will continue to work with CASAC and interested stakeholders as the review process moves forward.

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