According to Karen Hays, P.E., Chief, Air Protection Branch of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Putnam County is no longer considered part of the Atlanta nonattainment area.

First ozone, the Atlanta Metro is still considered nonattainment for ozone.   EPA periodically revises the ozone standard and the list of counties that are (or were) considered part of the Atlanta nonattainment are as follows:

Table 10. Nonattainment counties associated with the 1-hour, 1997 8-hour, and the 2008 8-hour ozone standards.

Atlanta nonattainment boundary for the 1-hour ozone standard – Atlanta has attained this standard Atlanta nonattainment boundary for the 1997 8-hour ozone standard – Atlanta has attained this standard Atlanta nonattainment boundary for the 2008 8-hour ozone standard – Georgia asked EPA in July to designated Atlanta as in attainment for this standard Atlanta nonattainment boundary for the 2015 8-hour ozone standard
Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding, and Rockdale. Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton,

Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Newton, Paulding, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton.

Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Paulding, and Rockdale. TBD – EPA will do designations for this new standard in 2017.  Putnam County is very unlikely to be included.

What does this mean for Putnam County?  We should soon start seeing gas prices similar to Baldwin County.  No more having to go to a different county to purchase your gas!!