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Colorado air pollution officials need budget boost to fight ozone

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The EPA downgrade of Northern Front Range ozone pollution to “severe” from “serious” on Tuesday will require hundreds of Colorado companies to get emission permits from a critically backlogged state system, but health officials say their request for a steep budget increase from lawmakers will clear the jam and improve the air. 

State health officials Tuesday said they welcomed the EPA’s announcement knocking the Denver metro area and other major U.S. cities into a tougher enforcement category for ozone, saying the long-anticipated move would “help build upon Colorado’s strategies to protect and improve the air we breathe.”

The move means state permits will be required for 473 more sources of pollution that contribute to ozone, as the threshold drops from 50 tons of…

Michael Booth

2022-04-13 06:45:00

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