This excerpt was originally posted on the John Deere, Straightforward Blog August 1, 2011. You can view the original post here.
This month, significant EPA revisions are anticipated to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone. Should these revisions be adopted as expected, there could be a significant increase of places throughout the country labeled as NAAQS non-attainment areas, which could eventually trigger additional regulatory requirements. What are these new standards? And what are the implications for those areas that are classified as being in non-attainment with the NAAQS? As a refresher, we suggest reading “California Crackdown,” a five part series from Equipment World Magazine in 2010. This series took an in-depth look at the California Air Resources Board’s off-highway emissions reduction regulations applicable to construction fleets, and what may be adopted in other states. To get a feel for which areas of the country might slip into non-attainment, check out this map below from the National Association of Manufacturers. Areas in red are likely to exceed the EPAs new limit. Areas in orange might exceed it, while areas in white are projected to be in compliance.
These proposed revisions are likely to become a reality in the coming weeks, so check back often as we provide updates on these pending developments.