API questions EPA move on particulates

The US Environmental Protection Agency has proposed revisions to its national standards for pollution from fine and some coarse particles. But the American Petroleum Institute thinks the agency might be considering revisions before fully determining impacts of its original fine-particle standards.EPA issued a fine-particulates standard in 1997 that was fully implemented only in 2003, according to Edward H. Murphy, general manager of API’s downstream industry segment.“We’re concerned. We don’t think the science justifies it,” he said of the revision proposal that EPA announced on Dec. 21, 2005. “The perceived benefit could have impacts on consumers at th...

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