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Jan 23, 2014 12:17 PM by AP

Baton Rouge area meets ozone standards

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge residents are breathing cleaner air as the five-parish area around the city has met the federal standard for ozone levels two years ahead of schedule.

However, some environmental groups contend the federal standard for ozone, set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, doesn't go far enough to protect the health of people. They say stricter standards should be imposed.

Meeting the ozone pollution standard has been a long road for the Baton Rouge area, which has struggled for years to meet previous federal standards by enacting new regulations, including requiring yearly car inspections.

The Advocate reports those requirements will remain because the Clean Air Act doesn't allow taking away air regulations once they've been put in place.

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