Southeast Mo air quality under debate


      PERRYVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A decision on whether some southeast
Missouri counties fall short of federal air quality standards is on
hold while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency weighs tougher
      The EPA's Web site says it is reconsidering ozone standards
established in 2008 because they are not as stringent as
recommended by EPA's panel of science advisers. As a result, EPA
has extended the deadline for designating areas that have too much
ground-level ozone, the key ingredient in smog.
      The Southeast Missourian reports that last fall, the Missouri
Department of Natural Resources recommended adding Perry and Ste.
Genevieve counties for non-attainment air quality designations.
Now, the deadline for a decision is March of next year.