EPA Defends Trump-Era Approach To Lifting Ozone ‘Backsliding’ Controls

November 22, 2021
In a decision with national policy implications, EPA has opted to defend its Trump-era decisions to allow two Texas cities to drop “anti-backsliding” measures that were required to maintain air quality under ozone standards since revoked by the agency, restarting litigation brought by environmentalists who say the move will result in emissions increases. In a test of the Biden administration’s position on implementation of ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), the agency is sticking to its position that the...

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