Posted: May 6, 2012 10:21 AM by Associated Press
BATON ROUGE - The five-parish area around Baton Rouge has been given new goal to meet in reducing ozone pollution by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
The Advocate reported that the region of East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, Iberville and Livingston parishes, is required to meet the more stringent standard for ozone pollution of 75 parts per billion. The previous standard was 80 parts per billion.
Ozone forms when nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons from car exhaust, industry and other sources combine in the air during hot and sunny days. A lack of wind can trigger breathing and health problems.