Webinar Nov. 19th on EPA's Upcoming Ozone Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to release a new National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone. Based on recommendations from EPA’s science advisers and staff, the EPA is expected to announce a more stringent standard, likely in the range of 70 to 60 parts per billion, down from the 2008 standard of 75 parts per billion. A more strict ozone requirement could be a challenge for some states and counties to attain, generating areas of noncompliance around the U.S. accompanied by a hefty price tag. This CSG eCademy session will offer the history and background on the standards, as well as state and industry perspectives on the complexity of meeting lower ozone emission standards and the associated costs.

A group of well qualified and knowledgeable speakers will be presenting:

Giving the topic context is James McCarthy, Specialist in Environmental Policy for the Congressional Research Service (CRS).  He will be defining ozone and presenting on the background of National Ambient Air Quality Standard.  McCarthy brings with him a wealth of knowledge on the topic as his recent work has focused on the EPA's proposed use of existing Clean Air Act authority to control greenhouse gas emissions. He also has written several reports discussing EPA's proposed revisions to the national ambient air quality standards, including a recent report on revision of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards affecting ozone.  Before joining CRS, he was a consultant to the U.S. EPA for eight years.

Colleen Delaney, Environmental Scientist for the Utah Division of Air Quality will be presenting a state perspective on the topic.  Delaney has 26 years’ experience, primarily in planning and state implementation plan development.   She has served as ozone state implementation plan coordinator for the Utah Division of Air Quality and also has participated on Western Regional Air Partnership committees, working on western air pollution issues including ozone and regional haze.

Providing an industry perspective on the topic is Ross Eisenberg, Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy with the National Association of Manufacturers – the largest industrial trade organization in the United States representing more than 13,000 manufactures in all 50 states. Before coming to the National Association of Manufacturers Ross spent more than five years as environmental and energy counsel at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


View the Webinar Here. 


Additional CSG Resources:

“States Face Regulation of New Ozone Emissions Rules”