Klamath Air Quality Standards Debated

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — After nearly two weeks of record low temperatures and severe air inversion, the air in the Klamath Basin and around Lakeview is starting to clear up.

Strong breezes overnight pushed most of the stale air out that federal air quality officials say violates clean air standards. Klamath County officials, who have been battling with the EPA and DEQ for years over air quality standards, say the county is already doing all it can afford to do to keep air as healthy as possible.

Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum says if the EPA levies sanctions for alleged air quality violations, it will prevent business and industry from coming to the area. County commissioners are seeking exceptions because they say the weather is beyond their control and they are already doing all they can with current burning controls in place.