Obama Won't Raise Federal Ozone Standards

September 2, 2011 Updated Sep 2, 2011 at 1:48 PM EDT

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Obama Won't Raise Federal Ozone Standards

September 2, 2011 Updated Sep 2, 2011 at 1:48 PM EDT

President Obama on Friday decided not to raise federal ozone standards, asking the EPA to drop rules that would create stricter standards, according to the New York Times.

In a statement issued by the White House on Friday, Obama said: "I have continued to underscore the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover. With that in mind, and after careful consideration, I have requested that Administrator Jackson withdraw the draft Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards at this time. Work is already underway to update a 2006 review of the science that will result in the reconsideration of the ozone standard in 2013. Ultimately, I did not support asking state and local governments to begin implementing a new standard that will soon be reconsidered."

Read the New York Times story HERE.