Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Missouri business leaders, oppose what some have labeled as the Obama administration’s “most expensive regulation ever.” The proposed rule would reduce ground-level ozone, or smog, from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion. The current standards of the Clean Air Act were set in 2008.
A new report by the American Lung Association finds that the St. Louis metro area still
has high levels of ozone pollution, the main ingredient in smog.
The annual State of the Air report ranked St. Louis 13th out of 217 metro areas in the country for ozone pollution. That’s worse than St. Louis performed in last year’s report, although the trend over recent decades has been gradual improvement.
The sun is shining; bees are buzzing; your arms move through warm air; you even have to mop a thin veil of perspiration from your brow. And on the news in the morning, Geri Mitchell intones the familiar admonition: “It’s a red air quality day. Sensitive groups should avoid exercising outdoors.”
Starting on March 15, gas stations in Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis counties and the city of St. Louis can switch from vapor-capturing nozzles (black “boot,” left) to ordinary nozzles (right).
Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio (left) and Art Chimes (right)