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    The proposal stipulates that the current standard of ozone pollution, which is 75 parts per billion, should be lowered to 65-70 parts per billion.

    MOSCOW, November 26 (Sputnik) — US authorities should impose a new cap on ozone emissions, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said in an op-ed published by the CNN on Wednesday.

    "Following science and the law, I am proposing to update national ozone pollution standards to clean up our air, improve access to crucial air quality information, and protect those most at-risk — our children, our elderly, and people already suffering from lung diseases like asthma," McCarthy said.

    The proposal stipulates that the current standard of ozone pollution, which is 75 parts per billion, should be lowered to 65-70 parts per billion.

    "In the U.S. today, one child in 10 already suffers from asthma, and ozone pollution makes things worse," McCarthy added.

    Current EPA regulations have been criticized on account of the alleged negative impact they would have on the US economy. McCarthy, however, slammed the estimates.

    "When EPA revised ozone standards in 1997, critics claimed 'new air quality regulations…will destroy jobs, hike business costs, and exact painful lifestyle changes while doing little to improve health,' None of that ever came true," McCarthy stressed.

    In July, the National Association of manufacturers (NAM) said that lowering ozone pollution levels would reduce the US Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It also claimed that stringent regulation on ozone pollution levels would lead to a reduction in oil and natural gas production, which in turn could increase electricity costs by an average 23 percent.


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