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Court Upholds PM2.5 and Ground-level Ozone Ambient Air Standards (3/29/02)

The Easter Bunny, in the form of the D.C. Circuit Court, came early to EPA this year. On March 26, 2002, the D.C. Circuit Court ruled in favor of EPA and threw out all remaining challenges to EPA’s 1997 ambient air standards for fine particle (PM2.5) and ground-level ozone. In a unanimous decision, the three-judge panel concluded that EPA "engaged in reasoned decision-making" in establishing the 1997 ambient air standards. EPA is now expected to move forward to implement these new standards.

Maps prepared by EPA indicate that there will be numerous non-attainment areas throughout the United States. We expect that significant emission reductions will be required, especially from combustion sources, in attempt to achieve these new standards.

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