FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2020
COVID-19 Lockdowns Impact on Ozone Pollution
NEWARK, DE - David Stevenson, Director of the Center for Energy & Environmental Policy at the Caesar Rodney Institute, has released a study “COVID-19 Lockdowns Impact on Ozone Pollution.”
High levels of ozone heighten symptoms for people with respiratory ailments, such as asthma, and chronic obstructed pulmonary disease (COPD), and can result in more hospitalizations. Ozone is not emitted directly, but forms from both natural and manmade precursor chemicals in sunlight.
An initial look at air quality data during the COVID-19 lockdown is a strong indicator manmade air pollution fell by about half in the Philadelphia area in the last third of March while ozone only fell 2.5%.
Computer models used by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set national air quality standards project ozone levels should have fallen up to four times more during the lockdowns.
If additional data confirms that naturally produced ozone levels are substantially higher than EPA models, it means no amount of regulation will likely result in urban areas meeting the current EPA ozone standard of 70 parts per billion averaged over three years.
That means the continuation of futile, economy killing regulation.
The U. S. should return to a 75 parts per billion standard. That appears to be the "Goldilocks choice" that would leave headroom for nature’s impact while protecting health from manmade pollution.
CLICK HERE for a summary article with a link to the full 12-page study.
Stevenson served on President Trump’s EPA transition team and is a founding member of the State Policy Network's Energy & Environment Working Group.
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