Last updated 11:09PM ET
October 19, 2017
WOUB Local News
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EPA pollution standard affects southeast Ohio
(WOUB) - A new air pollution standard from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has implications for several Southeast Ohio counties.

The standard, which has not yet been made final, is for fine particulates -- soot, for example.

The EPA says under the proposal, the tri-state area around Ironton would be in compliance.

It's currently not in compliance, and that area also includes Lawrence, Gallia and Scioto counties.

Belmont County would also change from non-compliance to compliance under the proposal, and that would include the Wheeling, West Virginia, area just across the Ohio River.

The other affected county in our region is Washington, which is not in compliance now and would retain that status under the proposed new standard.

A public hearing on the particulate standard will be held Jan. 22 in Columbus.

The EPA says Ohio "will have to develop plans and implement air pollution control strategies to bring these areas into compliance with the standard" and the deadline for doing that is 2012.

This could result in tighter regulations on vehicles, utilities and industries.
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