Bergquist_-_Noncompliance_air_quality_WI_MJS - EPA cites 6...

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Advertisement EPA cites 6 counties for Fne-particle pollution Costly rules likely to be enforced to lessen unhealthy soot levels in area By LEE BERGQUIST [email protected] Posted: Aug. 19, 2008 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday designated six Wisconsin counties, for the Frst time ever, as violating federal standards for Fne-particle pollution. The counties are Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, Dane, Columbia and Brown. The revised standard was set after the agency reviewed thousands of scientiFc studies on how the tiny particles affect the lungs and heart and concluded that allowable daily limits for soot levels must fall by 46%. The EPA said the new levels could produce health beneFts of $9 billion to $75 billion a year nationally, but many science and environmental groups said standards should have been made even stricter. Many business groups, however, were opposed to the reductions because they will mean more regulations and higher costs for affected companies over about the next Fve years. “Certainly the non-attainment designation comes
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  • Spring '10
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency, coal-fired power plants, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, particle pollution, soot levels

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