Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), the top Democrat on the Natural Resources Committee and a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, applauded the Environmental Protection Agency's expected clean air standards that will reduce particle pollution known as soot. Particulate matter pollution is linked to health problems such as respiratory disease, asthma and even premature death.
"These strong standards to reduce soot are an early holiday gift from the EPA for America's public health. Santa may be okay with some soot in the chimney, but there's no reason for more of it to be in the lungs of America's kids. This action will keep our air cleaner and skies clearer, and proves that government can still work in the interest of all Americans."