Baton Rouge meets EPA air quality standards

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge area celebrated a major milestone Thursday that may sound boring but actually could make a big difference for people in the five-parish area.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Baton Rouge area has met its ozone goal. In fact, they said the current air the public is breathing is the cleanest it has been since the industrial revolution.

It is not only good news for resident's health, but it could help the economy.

"We have rules in place that don't allow economic expansion because you have to control the amount of industry in a certain area," said Dr. Chuck Carr Brown with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. "Now because we are in attainment, we can now entertain, in the five-parish area, the prospect of new industry."

However, this will not have an impact on the cost of vehicle inspection stickers in the area.

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