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EPA Reports on States' Compliance with Fine Particle Standard.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that 22 U.S. states do not comply with the country's fine particle (PM 2.5) air quality standard.

According to EPA, the agency issued letters to states on June 28 and 29 in response to EPA recommendations for attainment and nonattainment. The EPA said it plans to issue final designations in November once the states have had a chance to comment on the agency's proposals.

"Fine-particle pollution represents one of the most significant barriers to clean air facing our nation today," said EPA administrator Mike Leavitt. "These new particulate health standards, coupled with our efforts to reduce power plant and diesel emissions, are important steps toward meeting our nation's commitment to clean, healthy air.

Contact: John Millett, EPA, phone 202-564-7842, e-mail millett.john@epa.gov.

(EIN STAFF: 6/29)
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Date:Jul 6, 2004
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