Setting and Reviewing Standards to Control Ozone Pollution
- What are ozone standards?
- How are the standards developed and reviewed?
- What scientific and technical information supports review of the standards?
National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone, or ozone pollution, specify a maximum allowed measurement for ozone (O3) to be present in outdoor air. Limiting ozone pollution in the air protects human health and the environment.
- See 2015 NAAQS for Ozone for an in-depth explanation of the ground-level ozone standards, including Federal Register citations and fact sheets.
- See the 2008 NAAQS for Ozone.
- Learn more about the timeline for phasing in the 2015 standards.
The Clean Air Act requires EPA to periodically review all of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards to ensure that they provide adequate health and environmental protection, and to update those standards as necessary.
As part of the ozone standards review process, EPA publishes a detailed plan. The review plan describes all the scientific assessments and other documents that help EPA decide whether or not the current air quality standards for ozone are still protecting human health and the environment from harmful exposure. Based on this, EPA either changes the standards or keeps them the same.
- Learn more about the standards review process.
- View a historical table of the ozone NAAQS: get an overview of how the standards have changed over time.