U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, delivered a letter on Wednesday to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asking them to designate Scioto County and surrounding southern Ohio counties as areas that have attained clean air quality standards.
“Portsmouth and the surrounding areas of southern Ohio have clearly demonstrated that the region reaches defined air quality standards,” Brown said. “By revising the designation for southern Ohio, we will clear the way for new investments, bringing jobs and increased development to the region.”
Brown joined the Ohio EPA in asking the federal agency to update the air quality designation for southern Ohio counties due to improving air quality in the region.
“The Ohio EPA has stated that the Huntington-Ashland area meets the 1997 federal fine particulate standard and that current air pollution controls will enable the area to maintain the necessary levels of air quality. It is my understanding that recognition by the U.S. EPA will help bring job creation and economic development to Portsmouth and the surrounding area. It is my hope this will help lead to the creation of new businesses and the expansion of existing businesses in the region,” Brown wrote to U.S. EPA Region 5 Administrator Lisa Jackson.
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