- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

DENVER (AP) - Colorado officials are looking to push the state into compliance with federal air quality standards, as residents continue to see ozone levels above the 2008 limits of 75 parts per billion.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1MtSinO ) that officials with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment say they won’t impose new controls on polluters to meet that limit, even as the Environmental Protection Agency has tightened the limit to 70 parts per billion.

CDPHE Air Pollution Control Division Director Will Allison says overall pollution is declining in the state despite major growth in both population and business, but regulators aren’t sure they can get air quality numbers to the EPA’s new standards.

For now officials say they will continue to shut coal-fired power plants, crack down on oil and gas companies’ emissions and shift to cleaner vehicles.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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