Lansing State Journal (Michigan)
In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed much-needed clean air standards for soot pollution. If this proposal is put into action and allows for the clean up of soot and haze that blankets many of our nation’s cities, including communities in Michigan, there will be a tremendous, positive and lifesaving impact on public health.
The body processes the highly toxic, microscopic particles found in soot, in the same manner that it does cigarette smoke, making this one of the most dangerous forms of air pollution.
It can trigger asthma attacks; increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes; damage lung tissue and airways; and even kill.
We know a much tighter soot standard is needed to adequately protect our public health. It’s time for the EPA to move forward with this lifesaving standard and for Congress to step aside so we can give those with lung disease a fighting chance, because there is still no cure for dirty air.
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