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EPA fine particle proposal should consider existing standard

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2012 – API’s Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Howard Feldman told reporters this morning that the existing PM 2.5 (fine particle) air quality standard should be among those EPA will consider for its proposed particulate standard rule:

“We urge the agency to include the current annual fine particle standard of 15 micrograms per cubic meter in the range of standards for which they are soliciting comments. At this point in the process, EPA should not be pre-judging the outcome and should take comments on a broad range for the annual standards. It is good public policy.

“Air quality progress under the current standards, control programs, and industrial initiatives has been substantial. According to EPA, between 2000 and 2010, concentrations of PM 2.5 fell by 27 percent. As a result, more than three-fourths of Americans today live in areas where air quality meets today’s standards.

“Air quality will continue to improve whatever standards are chosen, and by continuing to implement the existing standards we would avoid the potentially heavy added economic costs of more stringent standards, which our economy and American workers cannot afford.”

API represents more than 500 oil and natural gas companies, leaders of a technology-driven industry that supplies most of America’s energy, supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers more than $86 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested more than $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.
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