After the EPA labelled the city’s air too polluted to meet smog standards, San Antonio leaders have put their top public health official in charge of the cleanup.
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The move will likely slow the pace of transportation projects and increase costs on industrial businesses moving to or expanding in Bexar County.
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.
More children go to the hospital for asthma attacks in San Antonio than other Texas cities, according to state health data.
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.