Setting and Reviewing Standards to Control NO2 Pollution
- What are NO2 standards?
- How are the standards developed and reviewed?
- What scientific and technical information supports reviews?
What are NO2 standards?
- See primary NAAQS for NO2 for an in-depth explanation of the current NO2 primary (health-based) standards, including Federal Register citations and fact sheets.
- See secondary NAAQS for NO2 for an in-depth explanation of the current NO2 secondary (welfare-based) standard and EPA’s most recent joint review of the secondary standards for NO2 and sulfur dioxide (SO2).
How are the standards developed and reviewed?
The Clean Air Act requires EPA to set national ambient air quality standards for nitrogen oxides as one of the six criteria pollutants. The NAAQS for nitrogen oxides are currently set using NO2 as the indicator of the larger group of nitrogen oxides. The law also requires EPA to periodically review the standards and revise them if appropriate to ensure that they provide the requisite amount of health and environmental protection and to update those standards as necessary.
- Learn more about the standards review process
- View a timeline of the NO2 NAAQS to get an overview of how the standards have changed over time
What scientific and technical information supports reviews?
The various documents published during the review process include multiple drafts of plans and assessments, reports from the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), and Federal Register notices.
- See scientific and technical documents from review of the primary NO2 NAAQS
- See scientific and technical documents from review of the secondary NO2 NAAQS