Dec 09, 2014 - 9:00am

These 12 National Parks Won’t Meet EPA’s Ozone Standard


Senior Editor, Digital Content

EPA’s proposed ozone standards are so stringent and beyond the levels of commonsense that not only will most metropolitan areas be in violation, but so will many national parks.

In the case of non-compliant areas where most people live and work, states will have to draft detailed plans to reduce ozone levels that will squelch economic development.

However, “it’s not entirely clear how these levels would be addressed at national parks,” writes Sam Batkins and Catrina Rorke of the American Action Forum:

It’s likely the state’s responsibility to address ozone concentrations at parks within their borders. Even though these parks don’t contain large manufacturing facilities or refineries, states will have to find ways to address each county that is in non-attainment.

This is yet another layer of regulatory uncertainty for business.

Based on AAF research, these 12 national parks might not be able to comply with EPA's proposed ozone standards.

1. Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park. Photo credit: Tuxyso. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license.

2. California’s Yosemite National Park

Bridalveil Fall at Yosemite National Park. Photo credit: Brocken Inaglory. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license.

3. Dinosaur National Monument in Utah

Photo credit: David Fulmer. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

4. Joshua Tree National Park in California

Old Woman Rock in Joshua Tree National Park. Photo credit: Doug Dolde.

5. Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Michigan

Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Photo credit: Albert Herring. Licensed under a Creative Commons license.

6. New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Photo credit: National Park Service.

7. Zion National Park in Utah

The West Rim of Zion National Park. Photo credit: Jeff Turner. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

8. Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park

East face of Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo credit: ProfPete. Licensed under a Creative Commons license.

9. Great Basin National Park in Nevada

Entrance to Great Basin National Park. Photo credit: Famartin. Licensed under a Creative Commons license.

10. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Look Rock in Tennessee

Foothills Parkway approaching Look Rock in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Photo credit: Brian Stansberry. Licensed under a Creative Commons license.

11. Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts

Cape Cod National Seashore near Wellfleet, MA. Photo credit: Ralph Tiner/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

12. Escalante National Monument in Utah

Paria Rimrocks at Escalante National Monument. Photo credit: Brown Hoodoos. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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About the Author

Sean Hackbarth
Senior Editor, Digital Content

Sean writes about public policies affecting businesses including energy, health care, and regulations. When not battling those making it harder for free enterprise to succeed, he raves about all things Wisconsin (his home state) and religiously follows the Green Bay Packers.