Politics & Government

October 15, 2010

EPA's clean air rules face resistance from N.C.

North Carolina's agency responsible for enforcing air pollution standards is fighting a federal move to mandate cleaner air. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce the nation's strictest-ever ozone limits this month. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources is urging the EPA to weigh the economic consequences of cutting ground-level ozone, or smog, even though the EPA is prohibited by law from considering costs when setting pollution standards.

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