Saturday, January 9, 2010

The EPA Proposes Cleaner Air

On Thursday January 7, 2009 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed tougher smog standards. The new proposals contain the strictest smog standards ever enacted by an American government (between 60 and 70 parts per billion measured over eight hours). The EPA also proposed a "secondary" standard designed to protect plants and trees from damaging ozone exposure.

A 60-day period for public comment has been opened and three public hearings will be held on the proposals, starting early in Februrary.

According to the EPA, if the lower level goes into effect, the savings to health care could approximate 100 billion dollars due to a reduction in respiratory illnesses.

Once the levels are set, states and the federal government will be required to outline comprehensive plans to reduce pollution. The new rule will ultimately curb emissions from industrial facilities, power plants, landfills and vehicles.

Whether through legislation or regulation, the sun is setting on unrestrained carbon emissions.

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