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Biden’s EPA Prepares To Limit Industrial Activity With New Soot Limits

By Jack McEvoy

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday proposed a new rule that will further clamp down on industrial activity that produces fine particulate matter, or soot.

Fine particulate matter “disproportionately” harms minorities and other “vulnerable populations,” and enters the atmosphere when power plants, construction operations and other industries burn fossil fuels, according to an agency press release. The EPA aims to limit the average amount of soot particle pollution to 9 to 10 micrograms per cubic meter of air, toughening the current standard by up to 3 micrograms.

“Our work to deliver clean, breathable air for everyone is a top priority at EPA, and this proposal will help ensure that all communities, especially the most vulnerable among us, are protected from exposure to harmful pollution,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan said in a statement.

The EPA will consider setting the allowance on soot emissions on a range as low as 8 and as high as 11 micrograms per cubic meter of air. If the agency manages to limit particulate matter emissions to 9 micrograms per cubic meter, up to 4,200 annual premature deaths would be prevented and the nation would save up to $43 billion in net health care costs by 2032, according to the press release.

Soot exposure can weaken the heart, exacerbate asthma and other lung conditions and make it more difficult to breathe, according to the EPA. The World Health Organization recommended that governments restrict soot emissions to 5 micrograms per cubic meter of air in order to significantly cut the amount of “premature death attributable to outdoor air pollution.”

“This proposal to deliver stronger health protections against particulate matter is grounded in the best available science, advancing the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to scientific integrity and a rigorous scientific process,” Regan said.

In December, the EPA cracked down on nitrogen dioxide emissions coming from trucks in order to “protect historically overburdened communities” from pollution and push truck drivers to adopt electric vehicles.

The EPA did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

Jack McEvoy is an Energy & Environment Reporter for The Daily Caller.

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Jack McEvoy
Jack McEvoy
Jack McEvoy is an Energy & Environment Reporter for The Daily Caller.

1 COMMENT

  1. OK, so the EPA “claims” that 4,200 deaths will be avoided by the new particulate standards. I’m sure they have the hard data to prove that, right? So when you close down enough reliable thermal (coal) power plants & large segments of the domestic power grid FAILS in the winter, I wonder how many deaths that unfortunate & completely avoidable event will generate? I’m sure that cost/benefit analysis is readily available…NOT!

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