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EPA Says It Won’t Issue Ozone Standards by July 29 Deadline

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it will miss a July 29 deadline to issue tighter ozone standards as President Barack Obama’s administration reviews the regulation opposed by industries.

The White House Office of Management and Budget is leading an interagency examination of the proposed rule, the EPA said today in a statement. The EPA, which said this month it would meet the deadline it set with a federal court, didn’t say when the rules may be issued. The White House will work as “quickly as possible” to complete the review, Meg Reilly, a spokeswoman for the budget office, said in a statement today.