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MARC plan wins award

April 13, 2006

Special to the Explorer

A metropolitan plan to reduce ozone pollution and improve overall air quality was among the winners of the Environmental Protection Agency's sixth annual Clean Air Excellence Awards.

Recipients of the awards were announced April 5 at the EPA offices in Washington, D.C. The award honored the Clean Air Action Plan of the Mid-American Regional Council and was one of three winners in the category of regulatory/policy innovation.

Ed Peterson, a former Fairway mayor elected to the county commission in November 2002 served as chairman of the Air Quality Working Group, which produced the CAAP. He also was co-chair of MARC's Air Quality Forum, which has responsibility for meeting EPA's air quality standards in the region.

He accepted the award on behalf of the committee and MARC.

"The hard part is yet to come," Peterson said. "The Clean Air Action Plan is no good if no action is taken by citizens, businesses, and communities to begin a serious process to improve our air quality and cut harmful emissions.

"The cost in lives lost and risks to our children's health is too high. Better air quality standards help us all in protecting our families and our future."

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