Thursday, June 03, 2010

EPA sets tougher new clean air standard for sulfur dioxide

Clean Air Watch commends EPA for moving aggressively to protect public health from the damages caused by sulfur dioxide air pollution.

Although the final standard is a bit less strict than we and the American Lung Association had urged, it is well within the range recommended by EPA’s independent science advisers. We would certainly give it a high passing grade—a B plus or A minus.

This action will mean fewer kids and adults will have asthma attacks. Fewer people will go to the hospital. And fewer people will die prematurely from air pollution.

It is little wonder that the oil and electric power industries opposed tougher new standards.

Amid all the recent grim news about the environment, this decision is a breath of fresh air.

Information on the EPA standard is here. http://epa.gov/air/sulfurdioxide/pdfs/20100602fs.pdf