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The Clean Air Act, which was last amended in 1990, requires EPA to set National Ambient Air Quality Standards (40 CFR part 50) for pollutants considered harmful to public health and the environment. The Clean Air Act established two types of national air quality standards. Primary standards set limits to protect public health, including the health of "sensitive" populations such as asthmatics, children, and the elderly. Secondary standards set limits to protect public welfare, including protection against decreased visibility, damage to animals, crops, vegetation, and buildings. The EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) has set National Ambient Air Quality Standards for six principal pollutants (Particulate Matter, Ozone, Carbon Monoxide, Nitrogen Dioxide, Lead, Sulfur Dioxide), which are called "criteria" pollutants. Transportation conformity applies to particulate matter, ozone, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen dioxide.

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Updated: 12/13/2013
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