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AWC testimony: Evidence doesn’t support lowering ozone NAAQS

Jan 29, 2015

WASHINGTON– The American Wood Council will testify Thursday during the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public hearing on the proposed updates to the National Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone.

View the full testimony, including technical information, on the AWC website by clicking here: http://www.awc.org/pdf/news/2015/AWC-Goodman-Testimony-final-1501.pdf

The testimony, as prepared by AWC consultant Julie E. Goodman, Ph.D., DABT, ACE, ATS, states that new health effects evidence cited in the Proposed Rule is no stronger than evidence cited in previous reviews, and does not support lowering the primary NAAQS below 75 ppb. This is true for all types of evidence, including that from controlled exposure, epidemiology and mode-of-action studies. Taken together, the new evidence indicates that the current standard is protective and should be retained, and that alternative proposed standards will not provide additional public health protection.

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