Natural Resources and Environment:

[Comments on EPA Proposal to Designate New Nonattainment Areas]

B-208593.3: Published: Aug 2, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1990.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO commented on an amendment to a continuing resolution, specifically whether it supported the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposals to: (1) redesignate some attainment areas as nonattainment; and (2) expand the boundaries of existing ozone and carbon monoxide nonattainment areas to encompass the outlying portions of some larger metropolitan areas. GAO believes that: (1) EPA should present its proposed list of nonattainment areas to the state governors and request action under the Clean Air Act statutory process; and (2) the amendment contained no authority for EPA to attach nonattainment status to localities whose air quality met the standards by annexing them to nonattainment areas.

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