The Latest On: Smog & Soot: National Standards Review & Revision
A federal appeals court rejected a request from a coalition of power companies and others aimed at getting out of having to monitor and test soot pollution levels from large power plants. Instead, the court ruled that the exemptions violated the Clean Air Act and upheld their requirement for projects at power plants.
A new air pollution standard approved by the Obama administration is expected to save lives, increase life expectancy and reduce illness in communities affected by air pollution. The EPA estimates annual savings in healthcare and other costs to be around $4 billion to $9.1 billion. The new rules came about in response to Earthjustice litigation.
Just two weeks ago, the Environmental Protection Agency was dithering on a proposal to strengthen protections against an air pollutant that causes tens of thousands of avoidable deaths every year.