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New ozone regulations could cripple Pennsylvania economy, trade group says

New ozone regulations proposed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency potentially could destroy a manufacturing resurgence in Pennsylvania and wipe out thousands of jobs gained by the recent Marcellus shale natural gas boom. That was the message put forth by industry leaders Wednesday who railed against the proposals, which would force companies across the nation to reduce their use of ...

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Environmentalists upset over court ruling for Uinta Basin

SALT LAKE CITY — Environmentalists and clean air advocates are decrying a federal appeals court ruling this week that upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision not to red flag an eastern Utah region flush with oil and gas development. The groups that mounted the legal challenge to the EPA’s ruling after high levels of ground-level ozone were detected in the ...

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5 Wyoming counties could top proposed ozone limit

CASPER, Wyo. — Five Wyoming counties could exceed a new standard for atmospheric ozone proposed but not yet implemented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recent air pollution monitoring shows. The proposal announced Wednesday calls for lowering the ozone threshold from 75 parts per billion to between 65 and 70 ppb and possibly as low as 60 ppb. Monitoring equipment ...

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Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering

Seth Borenstein | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Earth’s protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare piece of good news about the health of the planet. Scientists said the development demonstrates that when the world ...

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Front Range pollution researchers surprised by ozone levels

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media The research of air pollution on Colorado’s Front Range has found harmful ozone and ozone-causing chemicals in amounts that have surprised the researches involved, according to a recent report by the Associated Press. Using balloons, ground stations and aircraft flights (which ran from mid-July to Aug. 18) researchers have been busy gathering data from ...

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Stricter Ozone Rule = Nonattainment for Louisiana

Conor O’Sullivan | Breaking Energy Louisiana is an important energy-producing state – the country’s No. 2 crude oil producer at nearly 1.45 million barrels per day when federal offshore output is included. The state also is No. 2 in petroleum refining capacity. Energy development is boosting Louisiana’s economy. Oil and natural gas extraction, refining and the pipeline industries support 287,000 state ...

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CU-Boulder, NCAR create ‘ozone garden’ to show effects of air pollution on plants

Sarah Kuta | The Boulder Daily Camera, Colo. High ozone levels affect people every day, and yet, the consequences are often hard to see. A new ozone garden exhibit at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History shows the harmful effects of air pollution on plants, a physical representation of how human actions can affect living systems. The exhibit ...

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Switch from gasoline to ethanol linked to higher ozone levels

Neela Banerjee, The Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON – Scientists have made a surprising discovery about ethanol: The more it was used by drivers in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the more ozone they measured in the local environment. The finding, reported this week in Nature Geoscience, is contrary to other studies predicting that increased use of ethanol would cut levels of ground-level ...

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