Butte County gets good grades for having low levels of ozone in its air. The county was one of 9 areas around California singled out by the Environmental Protection Agency for meeting its National Air Quality Standard for Smog. Niloufar Glosson is a Policy Analyst with the EPA. She says the standards tend to favor rural areas, which have fewer motorized vehicles. She says this monitoring was for ozone, not the particulate matter that Butte and other counties have been grappling with for better air quality in the wintertime.
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