The air in Philadelphia is better than it was 25 years ago, according to Health Commissioner Tom Farley. He testified that from having “Severe non-attainment” of EPA standards on polluting chemicals, it now complies with all except for Ozone, where it still falls short of the standard.
“This progress has happened even as the national standards for attainment have become more stringent,” he said.
By Pat Loeb
Philadelphia’s push for clean air started in 1979 after the EPA put the metro region—which at the time included the city, surrounding counties, and nearby locales—into its “severe non-attainment” category. Regulations implementing changes in the 1980s and 1990s are still in force and will likely be enough to get the city back into attainment within three years, Garrow said.
By Leslie Pappas