Trump Administration Rejects Tightened Restrictions on Deadly Air Pollutant, Soot

Trump Administration Rejects Tightened Restrictions on Deadly Air Pollutant, Soot

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer On Monday, the Trump administration rejected more stringent standards on the nation’s most widespread air pollutant, soot. Despite mounting evidence that air pollution is linked to lethal outcomes from respiratory illnesses like COVID-19, the administration moved to retain the standards set in 2012 under President Obama. The administration says […]

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EPA Refuses to Tighten Air Quality Standard, Overruling Agency Scientists’ Recommendation

EPA Refuses to Tighten Air Quality Standard, Overruling Agency Scientists’ Recommendation

On Tuesday, the Trump administration proposed to leave in place the national ambient air quality standards for Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) or soot, even though the Agency’s science staff recommended tightening it, saying that a tougher standard would save 12,000 lives each year.

Why This Matters:  Industry groups such as the American Petroleum Institute and the Chamber of Commerce “cheered” the decision saying the air in the U.S. is clean enough.

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US Air Pollution Causes More Than 100,000 Premature Deaths

US Air Pollution Causes More Than 100,000 Premature Deaths

A new study by the National Academies of Science published on Monday concluded that in 2011, the finest scale particulate matter air pollution (PM2.5)  caused 107,000 premature deaths in the U.S. and cost the economy nearly $900 million dollars.  The study’s authors, using data from the Environmental Protection Agency, calculated location-specific estimates of the damage […]

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