Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized new national ambient air quality standards for soot, or fine particle air matter. The new annual health standard of allowable soot is down three micrograms per cubic meter from the 1997 standard of 15 micrograms per cubic meter.
"High levels of air pollution threaten the health of those most vulnerable," Rep. Eshoo said. "The EPA's stronger soot standards will mean cleaner, healthier air for families, friends and neighbors across the country."
Rep. Eshoo has long advocated for stronger air quality standards to improve the health and wellness of Americans and our environment. She recently wrote to President Obama calling on the EPA to strengthen its soot standards.