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EPA NAMES KANSAS CITY NATION'S FIRST LARGE CLEAN-AIR CITY FOR MEETING FEDERAL CLEAN-AIR QUALITY STANDARDS

 EPA NAMES KANSAS CITY NATION'S FIRST LARGE CLEAN-AIR CITY
 FOR MEETING FEDERAL CLEAN-AIR QUALITY STANDARDS
 KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- No other large city in the nation can breathe as easily as Kansas City. The Environmental Protection Agency today designated the region the largest metropolitan area in the nation to meet federal clean-air quality standards. The EPA designation means Kansas City has now achieved clean-air "attainment" for ozone air pollution, otherwise known as smog.
 "Behind this tremendous accomplishment are years of cooperative efforts between the business community and state and local governments," said Bob Kipp, chairman of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. "Our two states, Missouri and Kansas, and our local governments are to be congratulated for working together on the maintenance plans. Without this cooperation, attainment would not have been possible, and maintenance of the standard would have been a nightmare."
 Kansas City has been working for the past decade to attain the federal clean-air quality standard for ozone. Last summer, having recorded no violations, Kansas City applied for attainment status.
 Now as a federal clean-air city, Kansas City is exempt from many pollution controls required in non-attainment areas, including vehicle emission checks, travel restrictions and additional regulatory controls on business and industry.
 The city's new clean-air attainment status will have a tremendous impact on our economic development efforts," said Robert Marcusse, president of the Kansas City Area Development Council, "It will be especially attractive to those companies on the East and West Coasts looking for lower cost and cleaner operating environments for their business and a better quality of life for their employees."
 But Kansas City's work for clean air is far from done. Ozone is a tricky problem and if pollutants get trapped over the city in certain weather conditions, the clean-air label could be in jeapordy. "Future ozone violations are possible unless we continue to control emissions, especially from automobiles," said O'Renick. "Now that we have clean air, we need to protect it."
 A program called Heartland Sky has been designed to help Kansas City keep its new clean-air label. The program will focus on helping people make clean-air choices in business, in the products they use, in travel and other activities, especially on high-ozone level days.
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