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Obama tightens air pollution limits

Published on December 17, 2012 by in Home


EPA to cut release of soot from power plants and diesel engines, following link to higher rates of heart attacks and lung diseases


Suzanne Goldenberg US environment correspondent
The Guardian

Los Angeles in California, which has some of the worst air quality in the US. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images


The Obama administration has set new limits on a deadly form of air pollution – and risked a backlash from industry early in a second term – by tightening restrictions on soot from smoke stacks and diesel engines.

The new rules from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will reduce the amount of soot released from power plants, diesel engines, refineries, and other industries.

The microscopic particles are linked to early death and higher rates of heart attacks, strokes and lung diseases, such as asthma.

The EPA administration in announcing the new standards on Friday promised sweeping public health benefits. “Families from around the country will benefit from the simple fact of being able to breathe cleaner air,” said Jackson, adding that her two sons suffered from asthma. MORE


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