21 Oct '11, 10pm

Another day, another loophole in important legislation… wait… farm dust?

These bills attack clean air standards for soot pollution that EPA has not even proposed , much less adopted. The legislation would prohibit EPA from reviewing air quality standards for so-called “coarse particle pollution” or PM10, often known as soot. (The particles are called “PM10” because they are microscopic particles that measure between 2.5 and 10 microns in diameter – no more than seven times smaller than the diameter of one human hair.) The bills prevent EPA even from examining new science or proposing new standards for soot pollution. Even if EPA and independent scientists found that current levels of soot pollution from any and all polluters were dangerous to our health or our children’s health, the dirty soot bills would prevent the agency from setting standards to protect Americans. In doing so, the legislation would expose our families to the dangerous healt...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/jwalke/_under_the_funda...

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