Some issues never rise to the public’s attention until there is bad news on the horizon. Such is the case with air quality attainment and non-attainment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets air quality standards, and if an area does not meet those standards they are in non-attainment. That’s exactly what was about to happen a dozen years ago when the EPA was on the verge of designating Bibb, Houston and Monroe counties non-compliant with the eight-hour ozone regulation. This was not good news. The EPA eventually took most of Monroe and Houston off the non-attainment list, leaving only Bibb and a portion of Monroe, but the new proposed standard for ozone was even lower.