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Florida's Air Quality Is Generally Good, But Ozone and Air Toxics Are Concerns, Report No. 02-29, May 2002
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  • Florida generally has good outdoor air quality.  It meets current state and federal ambient air quality standards for the six “criteria” pollutants identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Air Resources Program also met legislatively approved performance standards relating to air quality. However, some areas within Florida have high ambient concentrations of ozone.  The department and the EPA are taking actions to address immediate concerns regarding high ozone levels.
  • The level of air toxics is also a concern in some areas of the state.  The state enforces emission standards for several industries emitting these pollutants. However, limited information exists to assess current human health risks and determine the effectiveness of program activities.
  • To ensure that Florida adequately addresses air toxics, we recommend that the department develop a statewide air toxics plan in consultation with local pollution control programs and the EPA. The plan should identify current statewide and local air toxic concerns and develop strategies to address those concerns.  The plan should be presented to the Legislature prior to the 2003 legislative session.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Air Resources Management

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 04-11 Progress Report: Florida’s Air Quality Is Good; Steps Taken to Address Air Toxics, But Plan Not Developed,  published in February 2004.
  • Report No. 98-21 Follow-up Report on Florida's Outdoor Air Quality Program, published in November 1998.
  • Report No. 96-33 Review of Florida's Outdoor Air Quality Programs, published in January 1997.

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