Air quality meeting Wednesday

State and federal regulators will meet Wednesday in Augusta to offer members of the CSRA Air Quality Alliance more insight into a plan to designate Richmond County as a non-attainment zone under the Clean Air Act.

The 1 p.m. meeting at Julian Smith Barbecue Pit will include presentations by air quality experts from Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division, the S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Augusta is on a list of communities recommended by Gov. Sonny Perdue as non-attainment areas that flunk clean air standards. Such a designation can place more restrictions on new and existing industry and also change the criteria for obtaining federal transportation dollars.

The CSRA Air Quality Alliance is a group of stakeholders that includes local governments, planning boards, industry and others. The meeting is open to the public.

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