EPA to approve smog reduction plan

July 2, 2008 10:11:57 AM PDT
The Environmental Protection Agency is ready to sign off on a clean air plan for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The proposal would reduce ozone-forming pollutants by 88 tons per day. The amount is more than double what the earlier plan proposed.

The EPA will take comments on the plan before making its final decision.

The proposed approval has some conditions. The EPA said the state has to finalize regulations that would reduce the amount of discrete emission credits available in the nine-county non-attainment area covered by the plan.

The Dallas Morning News reported that environmentalists and public health groups have said they are disappointed, saying the plan is too weak to protect North Texans.

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