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Cities Get More Time to Align Road Projects With Ozone Limits

Sept. 17, 2018, 4:48 PM

More than 80 U.S. urban areas can have more time to demonstrate their road-building plans don’t interfere with their goals for meeting air pollution standards, a federal court said.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed Sept. 14 that that 82 areas, including Detroit, Providence, R.I., and Las Vegas, need the extra time—until Feb. 16, 2019—to make sure their transportation plans conform with the Clean Air Act’s 1997 standards for ozone.

The decision essentially blocked, at least temporarily, one aspect of its Feb. 16 ruling in South Coast Air Quality Management District ...