Fri Jun 15, 2012, 04:11 AM
Omaha Steve (35,844 posts)
EPA sets tighter standards for soot pollution
By MATTHEW DALY
WASHINGTON (AP) - Responding to a lawsuit from 11 states, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new air quality standards to lower the amount of soot that can be released into the air.
The Obama administration, facing strong resistance from congressional Republicans and industry officials, had sought to delay the politically fraught rule until after the election, but was forced to act by a court order. Critics, including officials representing the oil and gas industry, refineries and manufacturers, complained that overly strict rules could hurt economic growth and lead to job losses.
An Obama administration official said the new rule was based on a rigorous scientific review. Virtually all counties in the United States would meet the proposed standard with no additional actions needed beyond compliance with current and impending rules set by the EPA, the official said.
Soot, made up of microscopic particles released from smokestacks, diesel trucks, wood-burning stoves and other sources, contributes to haze and can burrow into lungs. Breathing in soot can cause lung and heart problems.
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Read more: http://apnews.excite.com/article/20120615/D9VDA1302.html
In this June 15, 2011, file photo Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson testifies before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works regarding the Clean Air Act and Public Health on Capitol Hill in Washington. In response to a federal court order requiring the Obama administration to update air quality standards under the Clean Air Act the EPA is proposing new air quality standards to lower the amount of soot that can be released into the air. The long-delayed rule is to be made public on Friday, June 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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Fri Jun 15, 2012, 04:15 AM
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1. U.S. proposal would tighten soot standards: report
U.S. proposal would tighten soot standards: report
WASHINGTON | Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:09am EDT
(Reuters) - The U.S. government plans on Friday to announce a proposal to strengthen standards for regulating air pollution from soot that could offer health benefits over time but require some industries to make new anti-pollution investments, The Washington Post reported.
The Environmental Protection Agency will propose to tighten annual exposure to fine-particle soot to between 12 and 13 micrograms per cubic meter of air from 15 micrograms, according to people briefed on the plan, the report said.
Industry officials and environmentalists said the proposal to be finalized by the end of the year would have implications for both the U.S. economy and public health, the Post said.
The EPA was under a court order to deliver a plan by this week for improving air quality standards for soot in response to a lawsuit by health and environmental groups.