Colorado Health Officials Debunk Lung Association's Ozone 'Report Card'

May 15, 2015 by Simon Lomax

Colorado’s health department and the state’s top air quality regulator have sharply criticized claims by the ALA about ozone levels in the Denver area. Citing its own “report card” on the region’s air quality, they said that levels of ground-level ozone – smog – are deteriorating rather than improving.[read more]

Report Card Blues: ALA Report Shows Western Air Needs Improvement

May 10, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Western Air Quality

It’s report card time for air quality in the United Staes and, unfortunately, several western states are getting grades of “needs improvement.” That’s the take-away from the American Lung Association’s (ALA) annual “State of the Air” report released recently.[read more]

Ozone Pollution in the West: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

March 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Ozone in Western States

Long familiar in major urban areas, smog – what we experts call “ground-level ozone” pollution – is quickly becoming a serious problem in the rural mountain west, thanks to rapid expansion in oil and gas development.[read more]

Stronger Ozone Standards will Safeguard the Health of the Most Vulnerable

February 7, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

The EPA is taking action to strengthen limits to ozone pollution from the current standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to somewhere between 60 and 70 ppb. Medical and public health organizations have voiced their concern that the current standard is not safe, and are urging the EPA to adopt a 60 ppb standard.[read more]

Data Show Texas Ozone Levels Are Not Driven by Fracking

February 7, 2015 by Steve Everley

Ozone and Fracking

The rapidly-growing Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas has struggled for years to reach attainment with federal clean air requirements for ozone, a problem that many environmental activists have blamed on fracking. But data suggests there is no credible link between ozone and the development of the Barnett Shale.[read more]

Everyone Likes to Breathe

December 3, 2014 by Steven Cohen

This past week, at President Obama's direction, the Environmental Protection Agency continued to use its extensive powers granted under the Clean Air Act (thank you, 1970 United States Congress) and announced a new, tighter regulation on ozone pollution.[read more]

Ozone Pollution from Oil and Gas Linked to More Health Clinic Visits

May 5, 2013 by Amy Mall

oil production/shutterstock

As a Wyoming study shows, real people are currently paying the price of lax regulations. It’s time to improve the regulation and monitoring of ozone forming pollutants and close the oil and gas loopholes in our environmental laws.[read more]

We Saved the Ozone Layer. We Can Save the Climate.

September 17, 2012 by David Doniger

Earth's Surface via Shutterstock

Climate change is not the first planetary pollution crisis we have faced.  That distinction belongs to the depletion of the earth’s protective ozone layer.This Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the world’s most successful environmental treaty, the Montreal Protocol.  That’s the treaty that saved the ozone...[read more]

The Montreal Protocol - Proof That Countries Actually Can Cooperate

November 25, 2011 by David Doniger

I just posted a report on the latest meeting of the parties to the Montreal Protocol, in Bali Indonesia.  Let me add a personal reflection, as this is the Thanksgiving holiday weekend back home in America.  Bali is a beautiful place, but on the whole I’d rather be sharing turkey leftovers with my family right now. ...[read more]

Another climate catch-22

January 25, 2010 by Lou Grinzo

Now here’s an item to make you grind your molars: New Anti-Smog Restrictions Could Warm Planet: The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to tighten the ozone standard for smog will have an unfortunate side effect: Because of a quirk of atmospheric chemistry, those measures will hasten global warming. There’s no question that smog...[read more]

Smart Regulation Makes Markets Work

March 14, 2008 by MarkLazen

I see in today's Washington Post that the Bush administration has inappropriately--and probably unlawfully--interfered with the EPA's mandate to enforce air quality standards. "The dispute involved one of two distinct parts of the EPA's ozone restrictions: the "public welfare" standard, which is designed to protect against long-term harm...[read more]