In March, an EPA science panel unanimously agreed that smog-producing ozone levels should be lowered. But the White House’s Office of Management and Budget held a series of close-door meetings (including one which even excluded the EPA), industry lobbyists claimed the science is still in doubt.
The lobbyists cite William Adams, a retired professor of exercise science at the University of California-Davis, who claims the EPA proposal to lower the permissible ozone level misinterpreted his findings that lung capacity improves at the lower levels. (We need scientists to prove this?)
Adams’ research was supported in part by an unrestricted grant from the American Petroleum Institute.
A final ozone standard is scheduled to be issued next year. Don’t hold your breath.
(Credit for this one goes to Integrity in Science Watch.)