Industry News for October 7, 2015
EPA Announces New Ozone Standard
As required by court order on October 1, the EPA released a new national air quality standard of 70 parts per billion (ppb) for ground-level ozone averaged over an eight hour period. The last ozone standard was 75 ppb and was set in 2008. This new standard is expected to put much of Arizona into nonattainment, which will be designated by EPA in 2017 based on data from 2014-16. EPA says that all of Arizona will come into attainment under the 70 ppb standard without additional air quality controls being implemented. You can review EPA’s map of counties measuring ozone above the 2015 standards here. Stay tuned!
Traffic on eastbound US 60 will be stopped east of Superior (milepost 227) and westbound US 60 will be stopped at the Top of the World, west of Miami (milepost 235) until the blasting work is completed and the roadway is reopened after all debris is cleared. Law enforcement officers will be stationed at each closure to assist with traffic control.
Motorists seeking an alternate route can consider state routes 77 and 177, which is approximately 68 miles long. Motorists heading to the White Mountains region including Show Low and Springerville can also take state route 87b through Payson and travel east on state route 260 as an alternative.
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