Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, released the statement below regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) final rule for an ozone standard. The new rule lowers harmful ozone levels from the current standard of 75 parts per billion to a standard of 70 parts per billion.

Senator Boxer said: "I strongly believe that protecting air quality based on the science is the right approach and that it brings health benefits and promotes more job growth. Today’s action is a step in the right direction, but I believe following the science is important and I am disappointed that a more protective standard was not set."