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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Environment - Pointing fingers across the state line

"Pointing fingers across the state line: Industry groups, environmentalists and politicians are bickering over who is to blame for regional ozone problems" is the headline to a story by Lauri Harvey today in the Munster (NW Indiana) Times. ome quotes:

No one disputes the region has problems with ozone, but which state to blame for it is a clear point of contention.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels on Nov. 4 announced plans to petition the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to declare Lake and Porter counties compliant with federal Clean Air Act guidelines for ozone.

Both counties have exceeded federal standards for ozone levels in the past, making them part of a regional nonattainment zone and requiring more stringent industrial and vehicular emissions standards to reduce air pollution.

But Daniels claims both counties have been in compliance with the requirements for a decade and should be released from the burden of meeting the tougher requirements.

The problem is, the U.S. EPA measures ozone compliance not by county, but by metropolitan region as a whole. Agreeing to Daniels' proposal would exclude Lake and Porter counties from the Chicago metropolitan area for purposes of ozone testing.

Businesses and the state Chamber of Commerce lauded Daniels' proposal, saying the federal requirements to meet stringent ozone standards are hindering economic development in Northwest Indiana.

The story includes a great aerial shot of the lakeshore, looking towards Chicago, perhaps from near Porter Beach.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 13, 2005 12:56 PM
Posted to Environment