August 1, 2015
On July 13, 2015, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is taking final action to approve the state of Tennessee’s request to redesignate the Knoxville area to attainment for the 2008 eight-hour ozone standard. This action is based on air quality monitoring data for the three-year period of 2011, 2012, and 2013 that meets the standard. The area continues to attain this standard.
“We commend the Knoxville area for the effort it has undertaken towards improving air quality and reaching this accomplishment,” said EPA Regional Administrator Heather McTeer Toney. “This progress represents a commitment to hard work by the local, state and federal agencies, private partners and the many citizens of Tennessee who live and work in the Knoxville area.”
For over 20 years, the Knoxville Metropolitan Statistical Area (KMSA) has worked collaboratively with EPA and other stakeholders to develop strategies for achieving attainment standards for ozone. The areas of Knox, Blount and a portion of Anderson counties have reached a significant milestone by attaining the 2008 8-Hour Ozone Standard in the midst of significant population growth.
What this means to you
EPA has approved Tennessee’s request to redesignate Knoxville as in attainment for the 2008 eight-hour ozone standard.
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