Colorado regulators crack down on ozone pollution |

Colorado regulators crack down on ozone pollution

DENVER ” Colorado regulators have approved stronger controls on vehicles and the oil and gas industry to bring the state into compliance with federal pollution standards.

Federal officials say ozone levels are too high in a nine-county area along the Front Range that includes Denver and parts of Weld and Larimer counties.

Ground-level ozone is a key component of smog and is a health risk for children and people with respiratory problems. It forms when the sun bakes pollutants such as vehicle exhaust and vapors from everything from paint cans to oil and gas wells.

The Legislature will consider the new regulations.

The state must submit a plan by July to reduce the pollution.

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