The US Environmental Protection Agency has decided to complete new background ozone formation limits on schedule in 2020 while revisiting questions about naturally occurring emissions threatening areas’ attainments and triggering penalties under the 2015 requirements. The National Association of Manufacturers was the strongest critic among US business organizations of the agency’s Aug. 2 decision. read more at Oil & Gas Journal
The wildfires raging in the Western US are wreaking havoc not just on the lives and health of the residents of the area, but it is also taking an environmental toll on the area in more ways than just those pieces of scorched earth.
Here is an interesting article from The Hill regarding the air quality at Yosemite National Park.
#nationalparks #airquality #Yosemite #wildfires
The air quality in Yosemite National Park has reached worse levels than anywhere in the U.S. and now rivals that of downtown Beijing, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). read more at The Hill
Here in #Texas, we’ve had a significant number of days where we’ve seen triple-digit temperatures. In our hometown of #Austin alone we most recently saw 14 consecutive days of triple-digit heat, breaking many long-lasting records.
High temperatures, low wind speeds, and lots of sunshine to spur photochemical reactions leads to higher levels of ground-level ozone, which is hard on our lungs and plant life.
#OzoneActionDays are forecasted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality a day in advance when conditions will be ideal to create an unhealthy condition, and encourages Texans to be proactive to limit activities that lead to the creation of ground-level ozone.
On April 27, 2018, the New Mexico Environmental Department (NMED) Air Quality Bureau announced the issuance of the GCP-Oil & Gas Permit.
This permit is effective immediately and may be used to register new and existing minor source oil and gas facilities.
For more details, check out NMED’s press release here.
TCEQ News Release – February 16, 2018
On March 7, 2018, the commission will consider the Executive Director’s recommended proposal of two revisions to the Texas SIP for the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS): the 2015 Ozone NAAQS Infrastructure SIP Revision (Non-Rule Project No. 2017-040-SIP-NR) and the 2015 Ozone NAAQS Transport SIP Revision (Non-Rule Project No. 2017-039-SIP-NR).
For additional information, please visit the Air Pollution from Ozone webpage.