Research documented in this report will form the basis of policy recommendations concerning ground-level ozone pollution in Austin. Air pollution is regulated at the federal level by the Clean Air Act (CAA) and locally by the Texas Clean Air Act. In July 1997, the criteria regarding national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone was reformulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reflect a new eight-hour standard.
Austin and surrounding regions are highly susceptible to exceed the newly established eight-hour standard, as evidenced by historical air pollution data. A determination of ground-level ozone "non-attainment" in Austin would not only have considerable impacts on public health, but on economic and transport policies. Therefore, the primary purpose of this report will be to categorize effective ozone pollution prevention strategies. With an emphasis on Austin's predominate ozone pollution sources, a select few policies will be detailed and final recommendations provided.
-- Author's foreword.