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Fight brewing over EPA ozone rules

Republican Congressmen have lashed out at the Environmental Protection Agency after the agency proposed reducing limits for ozone by about 10 percent, in a replay of a move 3 years ago that handed the agency an embarrassing defeat.

The EPA said on 26 November that it wanted to bring the acceptable amount of ground-level ozone down to between 65 and 70 parts per billion. The agency said it was even considering going as low as 60ppb, which some health advocacy groups want. The limit has been at 75ppb since the EPA last revised its rules in 2008.

Republicans quickly denounced the plan. “We all want healthy communities and a clean environment. But more job-killing mandates from Washington are not the solution,” said House Science, Space, and Technology Committee chairman Lamar Smith, a Republican from Texas.

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