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9 Counties That Won’t Meet New Ozone Standard

CountiesThe Obama government is suggestion stricter emissions limitations on ozone, a pollutant that results in smog and is linked to respiratory illness and asthma. The proposition calls for new ozone limitations of between 65 parts per billion and 70 parts per billion, together with the last amount to be set.

Due to emissions regulations and existing pollution controls, the Environmental Protection Agency projects that all but nine counties are placed without taking any additional measures to satisfy the standard of 70 parts per billion in 2025. That list excludes California, which is on an alternate timeline because its unique geography has caused smog amounts that surpass those in most of the U.S.

In Texas, five are of the nine counties beyond California, two are in Connecticut, and one each in New York and Maryland:

? Brazoria County (Texas)

People: 329,137

Projected air quality in 2025: 74 parts per billion

? Harris County (Texas)

People: 4,259,951

Projected air quality in 2025: 74 parts per billion

? Dallas County (Texas)

People: 2,415,058

Projected air quality in 2025: 71 parts per billion

? Tarrant County (Texas)

People: 1,884,216

Projected air quality in 2025: 75 parts per billion

? Denton County (Texas)

People: 710,841

Projected air quality in 2025: 72 parts per billion

? Hartford County (Maryland)

People: 249,324

Projected air quality in 2025: 72 parts per billion

? New Haven County (Connecticut)

People: 862,947

Projected air quality in 2025: 71 parts per billion

? Fairfield County (Connecticut)

People: 926,110

Projected air quality in 2025: 73 parts per billion

? Suffolk County (New York)

People: 1,500,247

Projected air quality in 2025: 74 parts per billion

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