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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon announce the results of its review of the existing regulations and possibly announce tightening of ozone limits.

The current limit—75 parts per billion (ppb) averaged over 8 hours—was set in March 2008. New limits are expected to be 60 to 70 ppb.

Lower limits will certainly force many state and local governments to impose additional requirements to reduce emissions of the compounds that form ozone, oxides of nitrogen and volatile organic compounds.

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AAPG has joined with other geoscience societies to brief congressional staff on basic scientific concepts on energy resources in “Energy from the Earth: Practical geoscience to inform energy legislation." The six 2013-2014 briefings are posted to the internet. The second series will begin in January or February when the new Congress convenes.

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Edith Allison Director, Geoscience and Energy Policy Office +1 202 643 6533
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Colleen Newman Policy Communications Advisor +1 202 288 5337
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