S.2072 - A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a program under which the Administrator shall defer the designation of an area as a nonattainment area for purposes of the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard if the area achieves and maintains certain standards under a voluntary early action compact plan.114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] (Introduced 09/24/2015)|
|Committees:||Senate - Environment and Public Works|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 06/22/2016 Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety. Hearings held. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.2072 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (09/24/2015)
This bill requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish an Early Action Compact Program, which allows an area that is not attaining the eight-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) to obtain a deferment of a nonattainment designation upon the relevant state, local, and tribal government voluntarily developing an early action compact plan. The eight-hour ozone NAAQS measures ozone levels over eight-hour periods to determine the amount of ground-level ozone (i.e., smog) in the environment.
The EPA: (1) must issue a decision on each early action compact plan no later than one year after it is submitted, and (2) may not designate an area as a nonattainment area until it has issued a decision to approve or deny a plan.
The EPA must establish separate requirements relating to winter ozone levels for each early action compact plan.