Baton Rouge Council Opposes Stricter Air Standards
BATON ROUGE (AP) — The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council is against the federal government's plans to toughen ozone air pollution standards, citing concerns about the impact increased regulations could have on area businesses.
The Advocate’s Rebekah Allen reports the council voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of a symbolic resolution expressing opposition to changing the current federal air quality standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Based on recommendations from a science advisory board, the EPA is expected to propose updated standards. Depending on how low the threshold is set, the Baton Rouge area could be out of compliance.
The standard now is 75 parts per billion, but it could be lowered to between 60 ppb and 70 ppb.