Edwards: Louisiana reaches federal ozone compliance levels
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards says Louisiana is now in compliance with federal ozone levels.
In a news release Wednesday, Edwards said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency confirms the entire state has gained total compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The mark was reached thanks to improved ozone levels in the greater Baton Rouge area, which includes East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, Ascension and Livingston parishes.
Edwards says the latest accomplishment is the result of cooperation from industries that developed Ozone Action Plans, implemented stricter regulations, responded to early action days and limited their activities to avoid emissions. When the amendments to the Clean Air Act were set in 1990, the state had 20 parishes in the nonattainment category for safe ozone levels.