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EPA Finalizes New Standards for Deadly Particulate Matter

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a long-anticipated rule tightening restrictions on fine particulate matter, or PM2.5, a pervasive and hazardous form of air pollution. This marks the EPA's first update to the particulate matter standard in over a decade. PM2.5, produced by various sources such as power plants and industrial factories, is linked to severe health issues, including asthma, heart disease, and respiratory symptoms. The new rule reduces the existing annual PM2.5 standard from 12 to 9 micrograms per cubic meter of air, with expectations to prevent approximately 4,500 premature deaths annually, resulting in an estimated $46 billion in net health benefits. Despite anticipated health benefits, the rule faces opposition from business groups, concerned about increased costs and potential job losses in the manufacturing sector. The EPA plans to monitor compliance, and non-compliant states may face penalties by 2032. Critics argue that the rule could have been more stringent, limiting PM2.5 to 8 micrograms per cubic meter.

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