Other EPA Initiatives to Protect the Ozone Layer
In addition to its regulatory programs for protecting the ozone layerozone layerThe region of the stratosphere containing the bulk of atmospheric ozone. The ozone layer lies approximately 15-40 kilometers (10-25 miles) above the Earth's surface, in the stratosphere. Depletion of this layer by ozone depleting substances (ODS) will lead to higher UVB levels, which in turn will cause increased skin cancers and cataracts and potential damage to some marine organisms, plants, and plastics. The science page (http://www.epa.gov/ozone/science/index.html) offers much more detail on the science of ozone depletion., EPA has developed educational and outreach programs to inform the public about health concerns related to ozone layer depletion.
EPA also works with industry groups through voluntary programs to protect the ozone layer.