EPA Releases 2012 Ambient Air Quality Monitored Values: States Will Be Challenged to Revise their SIPs to Achieve Attainment for the Next Round of NAAQS

On September 4, 2013, EPA posted for all to review the ambient air quality data from the monitors throughout the country.  http://www.epa.gov/airtrends/values.html  Among the values is the “design data” that will be used to calculate whether there are areas in the country that are nonattainment for the national ambient air quality standards (“NAAQS”).

The release of this data occurs at a time when EPA has just finalized a tightening of its annual PM2.5 NAAQS and has announced it is about to propose a new ozone standard.  This new standard may be as low as 0.060 ppm.

Although the following Ohio monitors meet the 1997 PM 2.5 standard they are soon to be in nonattainment for the 2012 PM2.5 standard as state submittals to EPA proposing nonattainment areas for PM2.5 are due December 13, 2013.

September 4, 2013 NAAQS Design Values – Ohio

PM2.5 Annual Standard is 15ug/m3)

(2012 PM2.5 Annual Standard is 12ug/m3)

Canton-Massillon                    13.0

Cincinnati-Hamilton               13.4

Cleveland-Akron-Lorain         13.0

Columbus                                   11.9

Dayton-Springfield                 12.3

Huntington-Ashland               11.6

Parkersburg-Marietta              11.8

Steubenville-Weirton              12.7

Wheeling, WV-OH                 12.8

Not only do the the following Ohio monitors fail to meet the 2008 Ozone 8-hour standard they are soon to be in nonattainment for a new standard to be promulgated in at the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014.

September 4, 2013 NAAQS Design Values – Ohio

(2008 Ozone 8-Hour 0.075 ppm)

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN           0.085

Cleveland-Akron-Lorain      0.083

Columbus                                0.082

Although the following Pennsylvania monitors meet the 1997 PM 2.5 standard most of them are soon to be in nonattainment for the 2012 PM2.5 standard, as state submittals to EPA proposing nonattainment areas for PM2.5 are due December 13, 2013.

September 4, 2013 NAAQS Design Data – Pennsylvania

(1997PM2.5 Annual Standard is 15ug/m3)

(2012 PM2.5 Annual Standard is 12ug/m3)

Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle   11.9

Johnstown                                    12.3

Lancaster                                      12.1

Liberty-Clairton                          14.8

Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley           12.6

York                                               11.7

Not only do the the following Pennsylvania monitors fail to meet the 2008 Ozone 8-hour standard they are soon to be in nonattainment for a new standard to be promulgated in at the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014.

September 4, 2013 NAAQS Design Values – Pennsylvania

(2008 8-hour Ozone 0.075 ppm)

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton                    0.078

Lancaster                                                        0.082

Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City    0.087

Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley                            0.082

Reading                                                          0.079

Although the following West Virginia monitors meet the 1997 PM 2.5 standard they are soon to be in nonattainment for the 2012 PM2.5 standard, as state submittals to EPA proposing nonattainment areas for PM2.5 are due December 13, 2013.

September 4, 2013 NAAQS Design Data

(1997 PM2.5 Annual Standard 15ug/m3)

(2012 PM2.5 Annual Standard 12ug/m3)

Charleston                               11.9

Parkersburg-Marietta           11.8

Steubenville-Weirton            12.7

Wheeling                                  12.8

Although the following West Virginia monitors meet the 2008 Ozone 8-Hour standard they are soon to be in nonattainment for a new standard to be promulgated at the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014.

September 4, 2013 NAAQS Design Values

(2008 Ozone 8-Hour 0.075 ppm)

Attainment for the state

Former nonattainment areas are:

Berkeley & Jefferson Counties         0.070

Charleston                                            0.074

Huntington-Ashland                          0.072

Parkersburg-Marietta                       0.074

Steubenville-Weirton                        0.075

Washington County, Md-WV           0.075

Twenty-seven years of experience practicing environmental, regulatory, and natural resources law have enabled Kathy Beckett to develop a national reputation for her ability to influence environmental policies on behalf of her clients. She has been instrumental in the development of national and state regulatory programs and the drafting of environmental legislation.
 
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