On June 14, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a draft rule to strengthen the nation’s air quality standards for fine particle pollution (commonly known as “soot”) to improve public health and the environment. August 31 is the deadline for public comment on this proposal.
Soot is a big public health problem, because tiny particulate matter can easily enter your lungs and bloodstream. Children, the elderly, low-income communities, and people with pre-existing heart and lung diseases are especially vulnerable, but even healthy adults can suffer from soot’s adverse effects. As people of faith, we must speak out when we can to help protect our neighbors and Creation.
Soot is an environmental problem, too, because it contributes to haze and the acidification of lakes and rivers. Read a primer on Soot Pollution 101, then submit an online comment in support of the EPA’s proposed new limits on soot.
You can also send comments by e-mail to: a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0492, or fax them to (202) 566-1741, Attention Docket ID. No EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0492