EPA nears release of NAAQS PM2.5

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is nearing completion of its National Ambient Air Quality Standards for PM2.5, or soot. According to The Hill, EPA sent final rules for PM2.5 to the White House for review on Dec. 4.

“The [White House] Office of Management and Budget is reviewing the final PM NAAQS regulatory package. EPA expects to finalize the standards by Dec. 14, 2012, meeting the court ordered deadline established under a consent agreement with the American Lung Association and the National Parks Conservation Association,” EPA said in a statement Tuesday.

In response to a court order under the Clean Air Act in June, the EPA proposed updates to its national air quality standards for PM2.5. Once the rule is finalized, EPA expects affects counties to reach attainment by 2020.

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