- Employee safety awards: UW-Stout
- Improved air in SE Wisconsin
- UW-Superior recovery update
- ACS publishes report on safety culture in academia
- UW-Madison Union fire
- Two Eau Claire students perish in fire
- Clean Harbors Buys Safety-Kleen
- Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest
- UW-Platteville meth fire
- Upright workstations
- Lead (Pb) limits called inadequate
- Free fire safety training available
- Parkside apartment fire
- HazCom labeling poster
- Madison Med Sci fire
- Lifting loads and pregnant employees
- AIHA publishes stand on mold in buildings
- Bilingual ladder safety guidance
- Employee dies on job
- NIOSH recommends CNT/ CNF limits
- Voice Activated
- Nanomaterial risk management practices
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Social Media
- UC lab safety improvements
- Safety grant opportunity for campuses
- White Paper on PCBs in Buildings
- Some ANSI standards now free to read
- OSHA wants injury data online
EPA formally recognizes improved air quality in southeast Wisconsin
On Tuesday, July 31, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that air quality for six southeastern Wisconsin counties had improved enough to change the area’s status from nonattainment to attainment. This action formally recognizes that the area has now met a 1997 federal air quality standard for ground-level ozone.
The counties that now meet the standard – Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha – have been in a constant state of nonattainment for federal ozone standards since 1991 and were part of EPA’s “Milwaukee-Racine Nonattainment Area.” The 1997 federal air quality standard for ground-level ozone is 84 parts per billion.
“The DNR welcomes this action by the EPA. It recognizes the significant improvements in air quality and its associated public health benefits in Wisconsin,” said Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp.
Sources in these counties will still be required to follow the same air pollution controls that apply to other attainment areas in the state. “This is good news, and more work needs to be done,” said Air Management Bureau Director Bart Sponseller.
Sponseller noted that, in 2008, EPA set an even lower ozone standard of 75 parts per billion. While all other areas in the state are classified as attainment for the 2008 standard, a portion of Kenosha County and all of Sheboygan County are not meeting the required levels and are still considered nonattainment areas.
For more information about the ozone redesignations, contact Joseph Hoch, section chief, DNR Regional Pollutants and Mobile Source Section, 608-267-7543.
(DNR News Release http://dnr.wi.gov/news/BreakingNews_Lookup.asp?id=2452 Published: August 2, 2012 by the DNR Central Office)