Why are state air quality standards not allowed to exceed federal standards?



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    The reason for this is simply because federal laws are always superior to state laws. In the case of a dispute, the federal law reigns supreme. This goes back to the constitution. States are given some rights, but for obvious reasons, are subservient to the federal government. In the case of air quality standards in particular, I think states should be granted the ability to make standards stricter than the federal standards, because it’s better for the environment and the people that way. Ideally, the federal standards would just be changed to be more environmentally friendly.

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