Indiana is now in compliance with federal air quality standards… at least until those standards are revised. Indiana Department of Environmental Management Commissioner Tom Easterly says all areas of the state are now in compliance with National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Those standards calculate how much pollution and ozone is in the air we breathe. But Easterly says most federal air quality standards have been scheduled to be revised. The proposed revisions mean Indiana will fall back out of air pollution compliance. At the same time, IDEM will have fewer resources to deal with those changes … because the agency has reduced the number of employees and eliminated some grant programs as a result of budget cutting around the state.
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