For Immediate Release


Lisa Nurnberger, 202-331-6959

Proposed EPA Ozone Standard Based on Science, Not Politics, Science Group Says

Statement by Francesca Grifo, Union of Concerned Scientists

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it has proposed a stricter standard for ground-level ozone pollution, which would replace a weaker standard set by the Bush administration.

Below is a statement by Francesca Grifo, director of the Scientific Integrity Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists:


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"Score one for science. I'm thrilled that the EPA is depoliticizing this regulation and letting the science inform what the rule should be. The EPA is rightfully following the advice of its Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, a panel of independent experts -- advice the previous administration disregarded, putting at risk the health of millions of Americans.

"The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to base the standard solely on the best available scientific information, and the science shows the standard should be tightened. It's that clear-cut."


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