On March 12, 2008, EPA issued a revised primary and secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone. The revised more-stringent primary standard for ozone was set at 0.075 parts per million (ppm) measured over an 8-hour period. EPA also revised the secondary standard, designed to protect welfare, at 0.075 ppm, making it identical to the primary standard. The existing ozone standard was set in 1997 at 0.08ppm.
EPA signed the final designations for new nonattainment areas on April 30, 2012. These designations will become effective sometime after their publication in the Federal Register. According to this schedule, conformity will apply in the summer of 2013, one year after the final nonattainment designations become effective.