“State of the Air” 2022 shows that dangerous levels of particle pollution are on the rise. Right now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering strengthening the national limits on particle pollution. If they make the standards as strong as what the scientific research shows is needed to protect health, the whole country could see health benefits. Join the American Lung Association in calling on EPA to set strong new limits to make our air safer to breathe.
Dear Administrator Regan:
Thanks to the work of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the nation’s air is much cleaner than it was before the Clean Air Act became law. However, communities across the country are still breathing harmful levels of particulate matter. The current National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter are too weak to fully protect people’s health.
Please prioritize the health of families like mine by proposing and finalizing National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter that match what the science shows is necessary: 8 micrograms per cubic meter for the annual standard and 25 micrograms per cubic meter for the 24-hour standard.
More protective levels are necessary to bring about health benefits nationwide and drive the cleanup of polluting sources, especially those that have long burdened communities of color disproportionately. Strengthening both the 24-hour and annual standards is important for achieving President Biden’s environmental justice goals.
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Page last updated: April 5, 2022