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NKY counties meet ozone standard

FRANKFORT, KY (FOX19) - The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a proposal to redesignate Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties as attaining federal air quality standards for ozone pollution. 

"This is a particularly significant accomplishment, given the long history of air quality issues in the Tri-State area," Gov. Steve Beshear said.  "These improvements in air quality highlight how local and state governments can work with businesses and other interests in a community to do what is best for both the economy and the environment."

Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties have been out of compliance with the standard for a number of years, primarily due to monitored violations in Cincinnati. The northern Kentucky counties were considered to be partly responsible for the region's air quality problems because the area is linked through a Core Based Statistical Area (CSBA) designation. Ohio counties linked to the tri-state Cincinnati-Hamilton area have also gone through this review process and those counties have been given final designation as attaining the federal standard.

The state Division for Air Quality (DAQ) submitted a request to the EPA on Jan. 29, 2010, that would allow Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties to be recognized as meeting national ambient air quality standards.  The federal register listing indicates EPA's approval of this request.  EPA's proposal to accept Kentucky's request must now go through a review and comment period before becoming final.

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