(WAFB) - Governor John Bel Edwards has announced Louisiana is now in compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) laid out by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The federal standard for ozone at ground level is 70 parts per billion and was established in 2015.
Click here to read the full letter from the EPA.
"All of our citizens deserve to have clean air to breathe, and this achievement is evidence of our commitment to make Louisiana an even better place to live. The public benefits from lowered ozone levels which can impact their quality of health. I can also benefit business and the health of our economy. My thanks to Secretary Chuck Carr Brown and his team at LDEQ, along with their partners statewide, who are making great progress toward improving Louisiana's environment," said Edwards.
The state achieved this standard thanks to improved air quality in the greater Baton Rouge area, including East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, Ascension, and Livingston parishes.
"We want to thank everyone, especially the environmental groups that have worked with us to reach this goal. And our work does not end here. We will continue working to maintain our attainment status. Congratulations to all," said Brown.