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EPA announces new air quality standards for particulate matter, citing health risks

  • The US Environmental Protection Agency has finalized tighter standards for fine soot, aiming to reduce air pollution. This update will prevent about 4,500 premature deaths and 800,000 asthma-related emergency visits each year in the US.
  • Fine particulate matter, or PM2.5, primarily affects individuals with heart and lung disease and vulnerable groups like children and the elderly. Communities of color are disproportionately affected.
  • The new standard sets the limit for fine particle pollution at 9 micrograms per cubic meter of air. It is estimated to result in $46 billion in health benefits and prevent 290,000 lost workdays by 2032.
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