EPA announces tougher standards for soot emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced stricter standards for fine particle pollution, generally known as soot.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the announcement, EPA Administrator Michael Regan touted the standards as beneficial to the public, particularly to vulnerable groups, including low-income populations and minorities.

“Today’s action is a critical step forward that will better protect workers, families, and communities from the dangerous and costly impacts of fine particle pollution,” Regan said. “The science is clear — soot pollution is one of the most dangerous forms of air pollution, and it’s linked to a range of serious and potentially deadly illnesses, including asthma and heart attacks.”

The annual fine particle standard will be lowered from 12 micrograms per cubic meter to nine. The tighter standard, first proposed last year, will obligate states and localities to monitor
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