API opposes EPA's proposed soot standards updates

06/25/2012
The US Environmental Protection Agency proposed air-quality updates to its annual standards for particulate matter, also called soot, involving fine particles 2.5 µm or less in diameter (PM 2.5) to a range of 12-13 µg/cu m. The current annual standard is 15 µg/cu m. An American Petroleum Institute spokesman said more stringent standards could hamper energy investments. Federal officials will accept public comments for 63 days after the proposed standards are published. The agency will hold a public hearing in Sacramento, Calif., and a public hearing in Philadelphia, Pa. Dates for those hearings have yet to be announced. EPA expects to issue final standards by Dec. 14. A federal judge in t...
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