EGLE Announces Plans for Redesignation of Berrien County to Ozone Attainment
At yesterday’s Joint Environmental Conference sponsored by the East Michigan Air & Waste Management Association, West Michigan Air& Waste Management Association and Environmental Law Section of the State Bar, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) announced plans to apply for redesignation for Berrien County to attainment for ozone. This is great news because it means that people in Berrien County now breathe air in compliance with the 2015 ozone standard.
In addition, once USEPA approves the redesignation, air permits for major sources (or modifications to existing major sources) will no longer be subject to the more onerous review under the nonattainment area rules. Kudos to EGLE for getting the information reviewed so quickly (the season only ended October 31) and for working with USEPA to get this submittal together – hoping that the official redesignation can take place soon! Doug Aburano from USEPA was also in attendance and pledged USEPA support for the redesignation package. Only three more ozone nonattainment areas left!