Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Environment - St. Joseph and Elkhart counties taken off EPA list
An AP story posted this afternoon on the Indianapolis Star website reports:
WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that 21 counties in nine states are being removed from the government's watch list of areas in the country with the dirtiest air.Here is the US EPA press release.
St. Joseph and Elkhart counties in northern Indiana were among those removed, the agency said. * * *
The agency said the review indicated that certain areas now have air that is free of dangerous levels of soot, which comes from power plants, car exhaust, diesel-burning trucks, wood-burning stoves and other sources. * * *
EPA's decision also is considered a boon for local officials working to attract development and jobs to their areas.
"These counties will be able to enjoy the benefit of these improvements, both in terms of improved public health and in terms of greater job-creation potential," said Voinovich, who referred to the designations as "economy-strangling limits."