DENVER, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Environmental groups say Colorado's plan to reduce ozone along the state's Front Range falls short of what is needed to clear the air.
A Regional Air Quality Council analysis said the state's plan would remove about 160 tons of pollutants each day, lowering ozone levels anywhere from two-tenths of one part per billion to 1.8 parts per billion, the Denver Post reported.
Jeremy Nichols of WildEarth Guardians said the plan falls "miserably" short.
"It's like washing the dishes without soap," he told the newspaper.
The report said the majority of the reductions will come from controls on the oil and gas industry and motor vehicles. Kevin Lynch, an attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund, said the state won't see significant reductions in ozone until controls on smokestack operations are put into place.