Cleaning Up Soot Pollution Will Save Lives.
January 4, 2013
Communities around the nation can begin to breathe easier, knowing that help is on the way to clean up one of the deadliest forms of air pollution afflicting children’s health.
Fine particulate matter, also known as “PM 2.5” or just “fine soot”, is belched in the air by coal-fired power plants, factories, oil refineries, and diesel engines. On January 4, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected EPA’s weak approach to PM2.5, ruling that the public health protections in the Clean Air Act require EPA to use more stringent cleanup requirementsand take more aggressive steps to eliminate unhealthful particulate matter levels in communities.
The court’s ruling came in response to a suit by Sierra Club, American Lung Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Medical Advocates for Healthy Air. The petitioners were rerpresented by Earthjustice attorney Paul Cort.
Details and Documents:
Federal Court Rules in Favor of Clean Air
January 4, 2013, Sierra Club et al. Press Release News Articles: EPA Sets Stricter Clean Air Standard for Soot
December 15, 2012, Environment News ServiceSoot Rules Strengthened by EPA
December 12, 2012, Public News Service
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