"Biden Administration Toughens Limits on Deadly Air Pollution"

"The E.P.A. says the new rule will prevent 4,500 premature deaths annually. Industry leaders are expected to challenge the regulation, saying it will harm the economy."

"The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday tightened limits on fine industrial particles, one of the most common and deadliest forms of air pollution, for the first time in a decade.

Business groups immediately objected, saying the new regulation could raise costs and hurt manufacturing jobs across the country. Public health organizations said the pollution rules would save lives and strengthen the economy by reducing hospitalizations and lost workdays.

Fine particulate matter, which can include soot, can come from factories, power plants and other industrial facilities. It can penetrate the lungs and bloodstream and has been linked to serious health effects like asthma and heart and lung disease. Long-term exposure has been associated with premature deaths.

The new rule lowers the annual standard for fine particulate matter to nine micrograms per cubic meter of air, down from the current standard of 12 micrograms. Over the next two years, the E.P.A. will use air sampling to identify areas that do not meet the new standard. States would then have 18 months to develop compliance plans for those areas. By 2032, any that exceed the new standard could face penalties."

Lisa Friedman reports for the New York Times February 7, 2024.


"EPA Soot Rule Puts New Pressure On Fossil Fuels" (E&E News)

"The EPA Sets Tougher National Soot Standards. These 10 Texas Counties Already Exceed Them." (Texas Tribune)

"‘Life-Saving’: EPA Tightens US Pollution Controls On Soot" (Guardian)

"US Strengthens National Soot Standards, Industry Objects" (Reuters)

"Air Pollution A Factor In Spiking Cancer Cases, Report Says" (France 24)

"New Air Pollution Rule Could Prevent Thousands Of Premature Deaths" (Washington Post)

"EPA Tightens Air Quality Limits for Particulate Matter Pollution" (Bloomberg Environment)

"Biden Sets Tighter Standards For Deadly Soot Pollution From Tailpipes, Smokestacks" (AP)


Source: NYTimes, 02/08/2024