You have become the head of your county health department and the EPA informs you that your county has failed to meet the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. Your county is partly rural, but is home to a city of 200,000 people and 10 sprawling suburbs. There are several large and aging coal-fired power plants, a number of factories with advanced pollution control technology, and no public transportation system.
Write a report (450 words) that thoroughly addresses the following:
What steps would you urge the county government to take to meet the air quality standards? How would you prioritize these steps?