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The EPA’s decision means stricter regulation of San Antonio’s air quality.
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.
The EPA intends to designate all other Texas counties in compliance with federal ozone standards, although it did not specifically mention Bexar County.
San Antonio’s ozone levels have decreased in recent years, but they are still higher than a proposed new national standard announced in 2015.
After the EPA announced that the implementation of new, stricter standards for ozone levels in the air will be delayed a year, the city of San Antonio is forging ahead with plans to reduce emissions.
Trump has taken actions that will threaten Texas’ air, water, and land and put him at odds with the environment, public health, and the will of the people.
There never was a world where “alternative facts” existed like invisible, yet-to-be-discovered anti-matter. Such a world does not exist now.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt withdrew a previous request to 15,000 oil and gas companies for information on methane releases from their onshore operations.