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Ozone Advance promotes local actions to reduce ozone precursors (nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds) in attainment areas to help these areas continue to maintain the ozone NAAQS.The program encourages states, tribes, and local governments to take proactive steps to keep their air clean.

Improvements in air quality could:

  • help ensure continued health protection over the long term,
  • provide state, tribal, and local governments with a cushion against potential future violations of the ozone NAAQS,
  • better position an area to achieve air quality concentrations that enable it to avoid a nonattainment designation with respect to any future revised NAAQS or, if eventually designated nonattainment, could result in a lower classification,
  • allow for greater ability to choose from control measures and programs that make the most sense for the area and that are cost-effective,
  • result in multi-pollutant benefits; for example, reductions of nitrogen oxides can lead to lower ambient fine particulate matter levels as well as lower ambient ozone levels.

Local areas can take steps to reduce ozone on their own, and EPA encourages these proactive efforts. However, some states, tribes, and local governments may prefer to pursue reductions within the Ozone Advance program framework with closer involvement and support from EPA.

Ozone Advance is distinct from the former Early Action Compact (EAC) program for ozone in that it focuses on attainment areas, and it does not provide regulatory flexibility in the form of deferred designations or otherwise. The programs are similar, however, in terms of their encouragement of early actions to reduce ozone precursors, and the development of stakeholder groups.

Please contact Laura Bunte, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, at (919) 541-0889 or ADVANCE@epa.gov if you have questions about eligibility.


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