New ozone controls approved for Denver area |

New ozone controls approved for Denver area

DENVER ” The Regional Air Quality Council has approved new pollution controls to meet federal ozone standards in the Denver area.

The rules, approved Monday, include vehicle emissions testing, tougher controls on oil and gas fields and changing the formula for gasoline.

Colorado must submit a pollution plan to the federal Environmental Protection Agency because the Denver region violated the ozone standard in 2007.

The state Air Quality Control Commission, the Legislature and the governor must sign off on the plan before it goes to the EPA.

Mike Silverstein of the state Air Pollution Control Division says the plan will have to be revised in the future because the EPA standard will get tougher.

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