Upstate, SC [January 21, 2015] – With new EPA air quality standards having been announced in late 2014, the Upstate may soon be facing more stringent standards for ozone emissions. On January 27th, representatives from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will be providing the Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee with an overview of the new standards as well as the 2014 emission numbers for South Carolina.

    The Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee, which is coordinated by Ten at the Top and consists of stakeholder representatives from both the public and private sectors, developed the “Clean Air Upstate” initiative to help ensure that the Upstate region is continuing to focus on reducing ozone and other air pollutants in order to remain within EPA attainment levels.

    Since starting the Clean Air Upstate campaign in 2012, the Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee has been working to educate Upstate residents, businesses, local governments and organizations on how to help reduce emissions across the region. In addition, the committee has focused on specific emission-reducing initiatives to help lower the emission levels in the region.

    In addition to receiving a report from DHEC, the January 27th meeting will also include development of the committee areas of emphasis for 2015.

    The January 27th meeting is open to anyone interested in air quality in the Upstate. It will be held at 10 am at the TATT/Upstate Alliance Offices (124 Verdae Boulevard, Suite 202, Greenville, SC). Contact program manager, Tiffany Tate,, or check out the TATT web site ( for more information or to register.