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Deaths From Soot Twice As High As Previously Thought

Law360 (June 3, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Mortality rates among people exposed to fine particulate matter are nearly twice as high as previously thought, according to an analysis of a long-running study released Wednesday.

The analysis, prepared for the Health Effects Institute — a nonprofit funded half by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and half by industry to perform unbiased studies — found a 24 percent increase in risk between those who lived in the most polluted cities and those who lived in the least polluted cities.

Previously, the increased risk was thought...
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