GOP, Experts Question EPA's New Soot Pollution Standards

Law360, New York (June 28, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT) -- GOP lawmakers and energy industry experts on Thursday questioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent decision to tighten national ambient air quality standards regulating smoke and soot, claiming that the regulation will have negative economic effects outweighing potential health and environmental benefits.

A former EPA official, an environmental economist and industry executives joined Republicans during a House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee hearing in criticizing the proposed new EPA rule, which strengthens the emission standards for fine particulate matter, or PM 2.5, by an additional two...
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