EPA Standards

National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)

 

The Clean Air Act, which was last amended in 1990, requires EPA to set National Ambient Air Quality Standards (40 CFR part 50) for pollutants considered harmful to public health and the environment. The Clean Air Act established two types of national air quality standards. Primary standards set limits to protect public health, including the health of "sensitive" populations such as asthmatics, children, and the elderly. Secondary standards set limits to protect public welfare, including protection against decreased visibility, damage to animals, crops, vegetation, and buildings.

This information was obtained from the following website; additional information regarding EPA Standards can also be obtained from the following link:

http://www.epa.gov/air/criteria.html