The EPA is accepting comments on their proposed revisions to the current federal PM 2.5 standards.
Personally, I think their proposal falls short by suggesting new standards which are not protective enough on both instantaneous and annualized concentrations.
Of course, you may disagree; but in either case this is your golden opportunity to speak up.
It’s easy to submit a comment online at their web page.
Here is my own comment to them, which anyone is welcome to draw on (or disregard):
It’s pretty clear the present outdated PM2.5 standards are inadequate to protect human health.
It’s too bad the EPA is considering an update which, though better, is still deficient in keeping up with the current science.
Both the instantaneous and annual figures should be significantly reduced.
Even though I live in WA State, which has adopted more protective standards, the federal standards have a huge influence nation- and world-wide.
It’s an opportunity for the US to take a strong leadership role in an issue that knows no borders.
The new standards could be a driving impetus to promote a wide range of fundamental protective measures.
What is the reason for lagging on this important health issue?
When the social and economic health issues are factored in, there’s little justification for ignoring the diverse harms caused by higher PM 2.5 concentrations in the air we all breathe, including our more vulnerable young and elderly populations.
I hope the Environmental Protection Agency will take this opportunity to live up to its name.
Thanks for listening!