Stricter Limits on Soot Pollution
The EPA's final rule necessitates a reduction in the annual soot level from 12 micrograms per cubic meter of air to a more stringent limit of 9 micrograms. By implementing this standard, the agency anticipates preventing approximately 4,500 premature deaths and 290,000 lost workdays by 2032. Furthermore, these measures are projected to generate significant net health benefits of up to $46 billion.
Aiming for Healthier Communities
EPA Administrator Michael Regan emphasizes the positive impact these air quality standards will have on people's well-being, particularly in disadvantaged communities that face disproportionate burdens. The focus is on saving lives and promoting the overall health of all individuals.
Industry Groups Express Concerns
While the EPA champions the health benefits of these new standards, industry groups like API argue that current standards have already led to notable improvements in air quality thanks to advancements in technology and cleaner fuels. The trade group raises concerns about policy decisions that it believes lack scientific justification and prioritize foreign energy sources and manufacturing over American jobs, manufacturing, and national security. As API reviews the final standard, it promises to explore all available options.
In conclusion, the EPA's announcement regarding stronger air quality standards aims to improve public health and reduce pollution levels. Despite opposition from industry groups, the agency remains committed to promoting a cleaner and healthier environment for all.
The U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Industry Reacts to New Emission Standards
Jay Timmons, the chief executive of the National Association of Manufacturers, also joins in criticizing the decision. Timmons believes that this move directly targets manufacturing and contradicts President Joe Biden's objective of strengthening manufacturing across American communities. As the largest manufacturing association in the country, this group represents small and large manufacturers across various industrial sectors nationwide.
Timmons vows to explore all possible options to reverse this perceived adverse and unnecessary standard. He emphasizes the duty of manufacturers to oppose policies that hinder progress and economic growth: "Manufacturers will consider all options to reverse this harmful and unnecessary standard because it is our duty to stand against policies that hold our country back."
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalizes these new standards after taking into account significant public input, including analyzing 700,000 written comments.
Reporting by Abdul Latheef; Editing by Jeff Barber
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