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Evansville EPA considering change to ozone standard

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

The Evansville EPA is considering changing the ozone standard to increase public health.

Right now, it's 75 parts per billion.

The Vanderburgh County Ozone Office and Evansville EPA want the standard to be set at 70, which is stricter than 75.

Moms Clean Air Force and the American Lung Association want it set at 60, so it will be even stricter.

Vanderburgh County health leaders argue there isn't enough scientific evidence to support that and believe it could create the wrong public perception because Evansville air quality is improving.

Advocates disagree, saying the best thing to do is to make the standard as strong as possible to keep people healthy.

The National EPA Administrator is looking over all of the public comment now.

A final decision is expected by October.

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