EPA approves Arkansas’ clean-air plan for ozone

March 4, 2021

On February 22, 2021, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced approval of the state of Arkansas’ plan for administering programs related to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone. Arkansas’ state implementation plan (SIP) demonstrates that it meets the Clean Air Act infrastructure requirements for the 2015 ozone NAAQS.

“We are pleased to continue our work with Arkansas to address provisions of the Clean Air Act,” said EPA Acting Administrator David Gray. “This plan shows the state’s continued commitment to help citizens breathe cleaner air.”

“Arkansas is pleased to obtain this final approval. We are proud of Arkansans efforts to protect air quality and thankful to realize the benefits to our health, environment, and economy.” Becky W. Keogh, Arkansas Department of Energy & Environment Secretary. “These efforts allow us to maintain our enviable standing in achieving all national air quality standards statewide.”

In June 2020, EPA proposed to approve the state’s infrastructure SIP plan. EPA also held a 30-day public comment period. This action approves regulatory language associated with the Ark. regulations.

This type of SIP is commonly referred to as an infrastructure SIP because it addresses the basic requirements of state air quality management programs, such as air quality monitoring and enforcement. By meeting EPA’s guidelines for these programs, states help protect public health through air quality management. States are required to submit a SIP within three years after a new or revised NAAQS to ensure the state meets its responsibilities under the federal Clean Air Act.

What this means to you
EPA announced approval of the state of Arkansas’ plan for administering programs related to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone. Arkansas’ state implementation plan (SIP) demonstrates that it meets the Clean Air Act infrastructure requirements for the 2015 ozone NAAQS

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