The EPA has issued a final rule that reduces the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb. In November 2014, the EPA proposed to revise the existing ozone NAAQS to a level within the range of 65 to 70 ppb. Administrator McCarthy settled on 70 ppb. But by lowering the primary 75 ppb standard to 70 ppb, the Agency appears to have failed to appease even its traditionally staunchest supporters in the environmental community.
Of course, industry groups and their political advocates accused the Agency of undermining the economy, although that criticism was interrupted here and there by concessions that the revision could have been worse for business growth. Read on to find a collection of quotations that summarize the tenor of the first round of reactions to the new rule.
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