Central Ohio’s air-quality improvements lead Ohio EPA to seek federal redesignation of status

Improvements in central Ohio’s air quality in recent years are leading the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to seek federal redesignation of the area to “attainment status for meeting National Ambient Air Quality Standards,” The Columbus Dispatch reports. Record levels of precipitation helped central Ohio achieve “mostly good air-quality days” in 2018, according to an annual report published by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC). The Ohio EPA “told MORPC that preliminary data for 2016–2018 shows central Ohio’s air pollution concentrations are at 69 parts per billion — just below the current federal limit of 70 ppb,” according to the article. Central Ohio had three days that “exceeded federal ozone limits for sensitive groups during the 2018 season,” and had zero days of unhealthy particle pollution days for sensitive groups. For more, read the full article.

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