Lafourche Parish Council opposes tougher ozone standards

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Lafourche Parish Council members voiced objections to tighter emission standards that could come down from the federal government later this year.

At Tuesday’s meeting, The Daily Comet reports (http://bit.ly/1DWi2aC) the council unanimously passed a resolution asking the Environmental Protection Agency to delay implementing emission standards.

In December the EPA proposed tighter controls on ground-level ozone, which forms when chemicals from emissions from cars, factories and ships react to sunlight.

The proposal would require ozone limits to fall between 65 and 70 parts per billion, down from the current standard of 75 parts per billion.

The Houma-Thibodaux region had a level of 68 parts per billion last year, which means it could fall under non-attainment depending on the final number set by the EPA.

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Information from: Daily Comet, http://www.dailycomet.com

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