EPA Proposes Higher Standards on Air Pollution

Agency intends to tighten limits on soot.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced its intention to increase air pollution regulations on the limits of soot. The fine particulate matter has been linked to respiratory conditions, heart attacks, and premature death. Soot is produced by the burning of fossil fuels in vehicles and power plants, as well as fires and construction sites.

The EPA says that communities of color and low-income households are disproportionately impacted. Officials said as many as 4,200 premature deaths each year could be prevented by this move. 

EPA Administrator Michael Regan said that strengthening the standard “could result in significant public health benefits.”  He said, “Fine particulate matter is both deadly and extremely costly.” He said his agency had reviewed existing standards last revised in 2012 and found they “are no longer sufficient to protect public health.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Administrator Regan to seek the Lord’s guidance as he steers the agency.
  • For members of the EPA as they consider pollution reduction and energy needs.
  • For the president and his energy advisors as they craft policies regarding the environment.

Sources: The Hill, CNN


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