The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced new, slightly lower standards for the amount of ozone acceptable in our air. The EPA believes this will increase the quality of air we breathe across the country. As is often the case on environmental issues, critics say the changes will be too expensive for local communities to meet, while many environmentalists are crying for tougher standards to improve air quality even more. Even the EPAs own board of scientists asked that standards be made stricter than the new levels set, but the agency was unwilling to ask too much. Here is another issue that calls for constant monitoring so our children and grandchildren will be protected from the pollutants that can cause illness and even death. Being a watchdog is the price of living in a democracy.
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