Ozone Advance is a collaborative effort between DHEC, EPA, and local governments. The program encourages the development and implementation of local voluntary actions to reduce emissions in ozone attainment areas. The program's intent is for local partners to take proactive steps to help areas of our state to continue to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone.
To accomplish this, DHEC and EPA will provide assistance for technically sound measures for local partners to implement to reduce emissions to ensure continued health protection, better position these areas to remain in attainment, and efficiently direct available resources toward actions to address ozone problems quickly.
The purpose of Advance Reporting Tool (ART) is to enable external partners to report and share emission reducing programs in their area. This program will be used to report information and data to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as required for participation in the ozone advance program and any other subsequent advance programs. The ART will also enable partners to identify other successful initiatives in the state and as well as contacts for the purpose of peer to peer consultation and resource sharing.
For more information on South Carolina's clean air coalitions, local government councils, or other groups dedicated to improving our state's air quality, please contact one of the individuals below: