Vegas area poised to get EPA clean air designation


October 5, 2014 12:30AM (UTC)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 21-year push to limit dust pollution in and around Las Vegas has federal regulators poised to give the region a clean bill of health.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency formally notified the county last month that it will be reclassified as meeting standards for airborne dust particles small enough to be inhaled, known as PM-10.

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The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1BDZmrP ) the declaration becomes official later this month.

Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak issued a statement Wednesday calling the reclassification a historic moment and significant victory for the county.

The EPA designated the Las Vegas area a serious non-attainment area for PM-10 pollution in 1993.

The label could have cost the state millions of dollars in federal highway funds and prompted a federal takeover of local clean-air programs.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com


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