Archives - April, 2004
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Comments
At Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources has recommended that the entire North Carolina side of the Park be designated nonattainment for the 8-hour ozone standard. The National Park Service concurs with the State of North Carolina on its recommendations relative to the Park. Conversely, the National Park Service is concerned about the appropriateness of the nonattainment area boundary recommendations by the State of Tennessee for the Tennessee side of the Park. Tennessee's recommendation assigns two separate designations of nonattainment based upon high and low elevation monitors. The National Park Service believes that one nonattainment designation for the Park coupled with the adjacent Knoxville metropolitan ozone nonattainment area is consistent with Clean Air Act requirements and will be most beneficial in improving, and providing continued protection of the Park's air quality.