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Ozone (8-Hour NAAQS) Attainment Demonstration for Poughkeepsie, NY Area - Final Proposed Revision

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

On April 15, 2004, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated the Poughkeepsie, New York area (Dutchess, Orange and Putnam Counties) as a moderate non-attainment area that exceeds the health-based standards for ozone. The National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone is 0.08 parts per million, measured over an 8-hour period. Pursuant to the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, states have three years from the date of designation to submit a State Implementation Plan (SIP) demonstrating how the non-attainment area will attain the standard. Moderate non-attainment areas are required to demonstrate attainment within six years of the effective date of the designation, or June 15, 2010.

Ground-level ozone, a primary ingredient in smog, is formed when volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) react chemically in the presence of sunlight. Cars, trucks, power plants and industrial facilities are primary sources of these emissions. Ozone pollution is a concern during the summer months when the weather conditions needed to form ground-level ozone - sunshine and hot temperatures - normally occur. Ozone is unhealthy to breathe, especially for people with respiratory diseases and for children, the elderly and adults who are active outdoors. Symptoms include reduced lung function and chest pain, and can lead to respiratory diseases such as bronchitis or asthma.

This State Implementation Plan contains the 2002 baseline emission inventory, projection inventories for 2008 and 2009, a predictive photo-chemical modeling attainment demonstration for 2009, and the control measures and programs that will be implemented by the state in order to demonstrate attainment with the 8-hour ozone standard.


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