EPA an­nounces tighter soot rule

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT -

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency an­nounced a new stan­dard for soot pol­lu­tion Fri­day, forc­ing in­dus­try, util­i­ties and lo­cal gov­ern­ments to find ways to re­duce emis­sions of par­ti­cles linked to thou­sands of cases of disease and death each year, government of­fi­cials said. The agency, act­ing un­der a court dead­line, is propos­ing an an­nual stan­dard of 12 mi­cro­grams per cu­bic me­ter of air, tight­en­ing from the pre­vi­ous 15 mi­cro­grams, set in 1997, which a fed­eral court found too weak to pro­tect pub­lic health. Com­mu­ni­ties must meet the new stan­dard by 2020 or face pos­si­ble fines.

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