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Challenge to National Clean Air Standards for Airborne Particulates

Case Number # 1373

On October 17, 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency refused to strengthen the annual primary particulate matter standard, despite the nearly unanimous recommendation from its own Clean Air Science Advisory Committee that the standard be strengthened. In addition, EPA refused to adopt a more protective secondary standard to protect visibility, and revoked another annual standard for clean air. Earthjustice challenged this action, and in February 2009, a federal court ruled that these Bush-era clean air standards were deficient, and sent them back to EPA for corrective action.

Press Releases

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Environmental Protection Agency must consider stronger standards to protect Americans
Friday, December 15, 2006
EPA maintains nearly decade old annual pollution levels that have been linked to thousands of deaths annually
Thursday, September 21, 2006
EPA adopts particulate matter standards that reflect politics, not medical science
Wednesday, March 8, 2006
Proposed standards and exemptions are illegal, industry-driven