Baton Rouge Council to Take Up Ozone Standards

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) — The East Baton Rouge Metro Council will consider taking a stand against the federal government's plans to toughen ozone air pollution standards, making them lower and harder for the parish to meet.

The Advocate reports Councilman Buddy Amoroso plans to introduce a resolution Wednesday that, if approved, will show the Metro Council's opposition to plans by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to lower the ozone air pollution standard.

An industry group predicts lowering ozone standard could cost Louisiana jobs.

The five-parish area around Baton Rouge has struggled to meet the federal ozone pollution standard for decades. The area met the most recent standard earlier this year.

The standard is now 75 parts per billion, but it could be lowered to between 60 ppb and 70 ppb.

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