15 Jun '12, 2am

Green Blog: Pressured, E.P.A. Proposes Soot Limit

Green Blog: Pressured, E.P.A. Proposes Soot Limit

Pressured, E.P.A. Proposes Soot Limit By LESLIE KAUFMAN The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new national air quality standards that would significantly reduce levels of fine-particle soot. Getty Images The rule, to be announced on Friday, would reduce the range of fine particulates allowed in the atmosphere by roughly 17 percent, according to an agency official who spoke on condition of anonymity, and Paul G. Billings, a vice president of the American Lung Association, who said he had been briefed on the standard by Obama administration officials. A Thursday deadline had been imposed by a federal judge in a legal battle waged by 11 states and health and conservation groups. Still, the industry and many Congressional Republicans are likely to oppose that level — 12 to 13 micrograms per cubic foot of air, down from 15, calculated on an annual basis — as burdenso...

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