April 1, 2013
The EPA rule that manufacturers are challenging would lower the annual exposure standard for soot to 12 micrograms per cubic meter, down from 15.
The rule was at the center of a years-long lobbying, legal and congressional battle in Washington. Many lawmakers on Capitol Hill had warned that the new standards would lead to job losses and harm the economy.
Public health advocates and environmental groups lauded the rule, which the EPA said would curb emissions of pollutants linked to respiratory and cardiovascular problems. The agency said the tougher standard would save billions in healthcare costs by averting premature deaths and heart and asthma attacks. But NAM and other industry associations have called the rule restrictive and economically burdensome.
The EPA rejected those claims. It said the federal and state agencies already have mechanisms in place to meet the more stringent standard’s requirements.
What this means to you
EPA’s PM 2.5 rule published in the Federal Register 15 January 2013 was required by a court order and is now a regulation that is not likely to be overturned.
MIRATECH can help
Contact MIRATECH to discuss your best options for meeting EPA’s lower PM limits for your industrial engines.