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EPA to Release New Smog Rule ‘Shortly’

12 Aug 2011  |   Emma Brown

Tags: Clean Air, General Environment

In an effort to calm concerns over further delays, the EPA announced Friday in a federal court motion that a proposed smog rule designed to curb harmful air pollution is currently undergoing interagency review and will be issued “shortly,” The Hill reports.

"EPA believes that this inter-agency review will be completed shortly, after which EPA expects expeditiously to sign the final action that will complete its rulemaking reconsidering the [ozone rule]," the motion stated.

The announcement came in response to a recent motion filed by Earthjustice and other environmental groups to compel the EPA to issue the new standards immediately.  The release of the new smog standards—which have faced opposition from some lawmakers and industry groups—has been delayed multiple times, with the EPA most recently missing its July 29 deadline for the policy.

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