Earlier this week we told you about the new rules and regulations on smog standards that were announced by the Environmental Protection Agency. Sublette County has seen its share of smog in recent years as gas production has ramped up. Pinedale resident Mary Lynn Worl with Citizens United for Responsible Energy Development petitioned the E-P-A for the tougher standards, which mean industry will need to install pollution control equipment.
Worl says smog is commonly associated with big cities, and the realization that it’s become a problem in parts of Wyoming has been shocking to some.
The standards are proposed as a way to protect public health because ground-level ozone is linked to aggravation of asthma and an increase of premature death in people with heart or lung disease. The E-P-A reviewed almost two thousand scientific studies, along with citizen petitions, in making the decision. The new primary standard would be between 60 and 70 parts per million over eight hours. The current standard is 75.