Campaign launched to reduce ozone emissions

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Local governments have teamed up with area businesses to launch a new public service campaign called "Action on Ozone."

The campaign's central focus will be finding ways to reduce ozone emissions in southwest Louisiana to meet standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

If an area fails to meet EPA set standards, several effects could occur, including higher cost to operate a business, higer fuel cost for vehicles and stricter automobile inspections.

"We will all be affected if we don't work together to meet the new EPA standards," said George Swift, President/CEO of the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance. "[It would] impact every individual with increased costs and every business."

Action on Ozone is a collaborative project between the cities of Lake Charles, Westlake, Sulphur, Vinton, DeQuincy and Iowa, as wella s the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and the Southwest Economic Development Alliance.

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