OTC Finds Emissions Cuts Due To COVID-19 But Ozone Problems Persist

November 18, 2020
Air regulators in the 12-state Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) area of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic have found that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to plummeting levels of ozone-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx) and ozone in the region, even as computer modeling shows that problems with high ozone levels will persist on the East Coast. The findings create significant questions for how the OTC member states can plan their air pollution reduction strategies to account for both the virus-related emissions cuts but...

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