House committee responds to new EPA proposal

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on June 15 responded to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed updates to its national air quality standards for fine particle pollution, including soot.

Last week, Energy and Commerce leaders wrote to EPA urging the agency to include retention of its current standards in the proposal.

“We are disappointed that EPA did not heed our request to include retention of the current annual standard as an alternative in its proposal,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY). “Any change to these regulatory standards could result in significant adverse economic consequences and job losses.”

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