American Lung Association Welcomes EPA’s Announcement to Reconsider Particulate Matter Standards

In response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that the agency will formally reconsider the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter, Harold Wimmer, President and CEO of the American Lung Association, issued the following statement:

“EPA’s decision to reconsider the inadequate national limits on particulate matter is good news for the nation’s lung health. The science clearly shows that the current National Ambient Air Quality Standards for this pollutant are too weak, allowing levels of particulate matter that endanger people’s health.

“The need is urgent for stronger standards that reflect what the science shows is needed to protect public health. We welcome EPA’s plan to listen to its scientific experts, and call on the agency to move as quickly as possible to propose, finalize and implement stronger limits on particulate matter

“We also urge EPA to act promptly on our petition to reconsider the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard. Strengthening these national standards is an opportunity for EPA to save lives and make huge, nationwide strides in advancing health equity and ensuring healthy air for all to breathe.”

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