Victoria is in compliance with the EPA

By by Dianna Wray
Oct. 29, 2010 at 5:29 a.m.

Texas may not follow the rules, but Victoria does, a Victoria official said.

While Texas is the only state ignoring the Environmental Protection Agency's new greenhouse gas emission rules, Victoria is compliant in all of them, Victoria Environmental Programs Coordinator Marie Lester said.

Lester said Victoria's greenhouse gas emissions meet all of the new requirements set by the EPA. The new emission rules are set to go into effect in January.

However, Victoria's ozone emissions may be in question, Lester said.

Victoria's ozone emissions meet current EPA guidelines but may not meet the new ones.

The federal agency is due to announce the new acceptable levels for ozone gases, which may be as low as 60 parts per billion.

Victoria's ozone emissions are 66 parts per billion this year, a low number for the area, Lester said, but the city may have trouble complying if the EPA lowers the cap.

In the meantime, Lester said, all they can do is wait and keep working to lower greenhouse gas emissions in the area.



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