Archive for Friday, December 14, 2012

EPA tightens soot pollution standards

December 14, 2012


WASHINGTON — In its first major regulation since the election, the Obama administration on Friday imposed a new air quality standard that reduces by 20 percent the maximum amount of soot released into the air from smokestacks, diesel trucks and other sources of pollution.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson said the new standard will save thousands of lives each year and reduce the burden of illness in communities across the country, as people “benefit from the simple fact of being able to breathe cleaner air.”

As a mother of two sons who have battled asthma, Jackson said she was pleased that “more mothers like me will be able to rest a little easier knowing their children, and their children’s children, will have cleaner air to breathe for decades to come.”

Announcement of the new standard met a court deadline in a lawsuit by 11 states and public health groups. The new annual standard is 12 micrograms per cubic meter of air, down from the current 15 micrograms per cubic meter.

The new soot standard has been highly anticipated by environmental and business groups, who have battled over the extent to which it would protect public health or cause job losses. The EPA said its analysis shows the rule will have a net benefit ranging from about $3.6 billion to $9 billion a year.

A study by the American Lung Association and other groups said the new standard will save an estimated 15,000 lives a year — many in urban areas where exposure to emissions from older, dirty diesel engines and coal-fired power plants are greatest.


bearded_gnome 5 years, 5 months ago

nope. once again obama regulations make energy more expensive, and the big government central planners do not factor in the negative health effects of dramatically more expensive energy, and increased joblessness and poverty.

once again the greenie wheenies do not care about human misery.

our air is cleaner now than it has been in a long time.

MartyT 5 years, 5 months ago

This will save 15,000 lives a year. So who doesn't care about "human misery"? Please note the word "net" which means that any negative social or economic impacts caused by the tightened restrictions have already been weighed against the positive impacts.

The purpose of the EPA (established by Richard Nixon) is to protect the public health. How can this possibly be a partisan issue?

Indeed, our air is cleaner than it has been in a long time; because of, for the most part...the EPA....

Lastly, please note that we have a market economy, not a centrally planned economy (eg North Korea, USSR). Perhaps you're referring to regulation, which is something very different. Any economist (even including someone like Milton Friedman) will tell you that regulations are essential for a private market economy to function.

Please take a course in macroeconomics before talking nonsense, you just sound foolish.

Centerville 5 years, 5 months ago

Lisa Jackson is such a tool that she's having to rely on cheesy excuses for making ele trinity more expensive.

MartyT 5 years, 5 months ago

And why is that? Do you know what the EPA actually does? Do you understand its underlying, incontrovertible constitutionality? Explain yourself!

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