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APHA approves of action on particulates.

APHA applauded the Environmental Protection Agency June 15 for proposing new national air quality standards for soot, saying the proposal would reduce pollution and save thousands of lives.

The proposed rule, released June 14, would strengthen the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for fine particulate pollution. Exposure to such pollution can cause cardiovascular and respiratory problems, the agency said. If finalized as written, states would have until 2020 to meet the standards.

"We applaud EPA for taking a step in the right direction to reduce particulate matter exposure and safeguard public health," said APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E).

EPA will issue final standards by Dec. 14.
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Title Annotation:APHA ADVOCATES
Author:Tucker, Charlotte
Publication:The Nation's Health
Date:Aug 1, 2012
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