EPA delays plans to tighten air quality standards

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The Environmental Protection Agency is delaying plans to tighten air quality standards for smog despite a recommendation by a scientific advisory panel to lower air pollution limits to protect public health.

The delay means standards won’t be updated until after the 2024 presidential election. The decision avoids an election year battle with industry groups and Republicans who’ve complained about what they consider overly intrusive EPA rules on power plants, refineries, automobiles and other polluters. Read the full story.