EPA Says Bexar County Air Quality Doesn't Meet Federal Standards. What's Next?
Despite the area's years-long efforts to lower emissions, Bexar County fell short of meeting the Environmental Protection Agency's new clean air requirement.
Last week, the county was officially designated into the “marginal nonattaintment” classification by the EPA. This is the lowest level in the "nonattainment" category designated by the federal agency, which triggers further oversight for transportation and industrial-related emissions.
Until now, San Antonio was the largest U.S. city still in compliance with federal ozone standards.
How have regulatory changes affected Bexar County's ability to meet EPA standards? What new measures may be put into place to achieve compliance with the Clean Air Act? How could increased federal scrutiny affect area businesses?
What should residents know about the air we're breathing and who's most at risk?
Which local initiatives are actively working to combat ozone pollution? What can individuals and businesses do help to improve air quality?
- Diane Rath, executive director of the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG)
- Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff
- Doug Melnick, chief sustainability officer for the City of San Antonio's Office of Sustainability
- Sid Martinez, executive director of the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO)
*Audio from this interview will be available by 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24