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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?  


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*Audio from this interview will be available by 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24

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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.
Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.