Lowering San Antonio’s ozone levels will require finding specific sources of pollution instead of imposing widespread measures, a expert said.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office has asked a court to review an EPA determination that San Antonio’s air no longer meets a federal standard for ozone.
The EPA’s decision means stricter regulation of San Antonio’s air quality.
The EPA must meet a court-imposed July 17 deadline to say whether San Antonio’s air meets the federal health standard for ozone.
The station includes 10 fueling lanes for compressed natural gas, or CNG, used to fuel VIA’s fleet of 308 CNG buses.
A March letter states that the Environmental Protection Agency would consider “all or portions of Bexar County as, at best, unclassifiable.”
Even with the shortened timeline, San Antonio will still be the last city in the U.S. to find out whether it officially meets the air quality standards for ozone.
The Texas governor wants to avoid a designation of poor air quality for San Antonio, though public health advocates say the city’s air clearly doesn’t meet standards.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg and other speakers at a summit on Friday said members of San Antonio’s business community can help improve local air quality without hurting their bottom line.
City leaders said they are all for moving forward with a plan designed to preserve sensitive habitat and natural resources.