Ozone air-pollution standards advance
State designated 10 lakeshore counties as ‘nonattainment’
By Paul Brinkmann
Green Bay Press-Gazette
Published March 16th, 2005
The process is moving ahead to develop new air-pollution
rules for 10 Wisconsin lakeshore counties with ozone problems
— including Door and Kewaunee counties.
The state Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday
it was designating the same 10 counties as “nonattainment”
areas as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did
last year under a new “eight-hour” ozone standard.
According to the EPA Web site, areas where air pollution
levels persistently exceed the national air quality standards
may receive this designation.
The announcement was widely expected and the state said
it had little choice but to follow the federal example.
“It was a done deal,” said Lloyd Eagan, DNR air management
director. “It’s the same as the federal list, but we had
to develop our own rule for Wisconsin. The designation
is just a bureaucratic process we have to go through.”
Eagan emphasized that the real impact of the designations
is still being decided. The state is working with other
Great Lakes states to develop a strategy for lowering
ozone pollution across the region.
For example, the state is trying to decide whether emission
testing and reformulated gasoline might be needed in certain
regions, or if certain kinds of industry should be restricted
near the shore.
Ozone is summer smog that forms mostly over the lake
from air pollution released from automobiles and industry.
Door and Kewaunee aren’t considered big sources, but they
get the drift from big cities to the south.
Eagan is part of the Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium,
which also includes officials from Illinois, Indiana,
Michigan and Ohio. They meet regularly, usually in Chicago,
to strategize air pollution solutions.
The last meeting of the group, called a Regional Air
Quality Workshop, was held March 8 and 9 at the O’Hare
International Center auditorium in Rosemont, Ill.
In related news, Manitowoc County might soon escape the
“non-attainment” classification because of three years
with good air monitoring data.
A hearing on Manitowoc County’s status is set for 1 p.m.,
March 29, at the Manitowoc Public Library, 707 Quay St.,