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Washoe County Gains EPA Air Quality Designation

By ThisIsReno

Reno-Balloon-Race-2015 (12 of 18)A ruling by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the redesignation of the Truckee Meadows for the 24-hour coarse particle (PM10) standard.

“This is great news for the Truckee Meadows,” said Washoe County District Health Officer Kevin Dick. “This means that the air our residents breathe meets the health-based PM10 standard and EPA recognizes that the Truckee Meadows is expected to continue to meet that standard based upon the programs that we have in place.”

“This final rulemaking marks a significant milestone for the State of Nevada. With this action, the State of Nevada is now currently designated attainment for all NAAQS, including all of Washoe and Clark Counties as well as rural Nevada,” said EPA Region 9 Associate Director Amy Zimpfer. “This reflects cooperation among the public, businesses, local, state and federal agencies throughout the State.

“These efforts have collectively helped bring clean air to all in Nevada. While we have succeeded here, we recognize we have more challenges ahead with the new ozone standard and other local and regional air pollution issues. I am confident, together, we will rise to these challenges,” added Zimpfer.

The complete EPA ruling can be accessed at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-12-08/html/2015-30487.htm.

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