The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NY DEC”), the state regulatory body charged with conserving, improving, and protecting New York’s natural resources and environment, has proposed a new rule aimed at curtailing New York’s nitrogen oxide (“NOx”) output.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency, under the Clean Air Act, sets National Ambient Air Quality Standards (“NAAQS”) for harmful pollutants, including ozone. As of October 1, 2015, the eight-hour NAAQS for ozone is 0.070 ppm. Ozone comes in “good” and “bad” varieties. “Bad” ozone is formed from a chemical reaction in which NOx is a main ingredient.