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EPA tightens US pollution controls on soot

The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized long-awaited new limits on soot, the tiny air pollution particles emitted by sources as varied as power plants, factories, car exhaust and wildfires. “Today’s action is a critical step forward that will better protect workers, families and communities from the dangerous and costly impacts of fine particle pollution,” the EPA administrator, Michael Regan, told reporters on Tuesday. Also known as fine particle pollution, soot is one of the nation’s most widespread air pollutants. It is also one of the most dangerous, causing an estimated 85,000 to 200,000 excess US deaths annually; the tiny particles can become lodged in human lungs and sometimes even enter the bloodstream, triggering asthma attacks, cancer, and heart and lung disease. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/feb/07/epa-soot-fine-particle-pollution-limits

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  • George Kariuki

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    Regulatory agencies like the EPA should continue enforcing robust pollution controls to safeguard public health and mitigate the adverse effects of pollution on both current and future generations.

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    • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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      The EPA's decision to finalize new limits on soot pollution is a significant and much-needed step in the right direction for protecting public health and the environment. Soot, or fine particle pollution, poses serious risks to human health, contributing to a range of respiratory and cardiovascular problems and even premature death. By addressing emissions from various sources such as power plants, factories, vehicles, and wildfires, these new limits have the potential to significantly reduce the harmful impacts of soot pollution on communities across the United States.

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      • Elizabeth Gathigia

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        This is a good move by EPA, it will improve air quality as well as protect the well-being of the people

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        • Rotich Kim

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          Good work EPA USA should lead by a good example no pollutions

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          • Joseph Githinji

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            This is a great move that will go a long way in creating clean and quality air.

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            • mary Mwihaki

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              This is interesting

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              • walter lungayi

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                This is a positive step towards improving air quality and protecting public health.

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                • Esther Wanjiku

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                  Great work by the EPA

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