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Ohio ‘Making Progress’ Toward Better Air Quality

STEUBENVILLE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio EPA announced the formal redesignation of the Ohio portion of the Steubenville area to attainment of the most recent federal air quality standard for sulfur dioxide.

According to information released jointly by both agencies, recent air monitoring data shows the area now meets the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for sulfur dioxide in addition to all other federal air quality standards set to protect public health.

“Ohio is making tremendous progress toward cleaner air across the state,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said, adding the announcement “demonstrates the continued focus that the state has placed creating communities where people want to live and businesses want to expand.”

“The recognition that the Steubenville area is meeting the national sulfur dioxide standard reflects continuing progress in efforts to improve air quality and the quality of life for Ohio residents,” said Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson.

Wheeler noted that the agencies working together has had a positive impact locally. “By working with states to help them meet air quality standards, we are helping areas like Steubenville breathe easier and improve the local economy,” Wheeler said.

“EPA’s partnership with the state of Ohio has resulted in cleaner, healthier air for the 38,000 people who call the Steubenville area home,” EPA Region 5 Administrator Cathy Stepp said.

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