Urge the EPA to Maintain Current Particulate Matter Air Quality Standards


Particulate matter, or PM, is the term for particles found in the air, including dust, dirt, soot, smoke, and liquid droplets. PM2.5 refers specifically to fine particles less than or equal to 2.5 micrometers, and can come from numerous sources, both man-made and natural. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a rule on June 29, 2012 proposing stringent new Clean Air Act standards for PM2.5. The EPA’s proposal would lower the current standard of 15 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3) to either 12 or 13 µg/m3; the Agency is also taking comment on a standard as low as 11 µg/m3. What does this mean for the average manufacturer?

The EPA has proposed lowering PM2.5 standards to a level that could cause many localities to become non-attainment areas. Non-attainment areas include counties in and around an air monitor reporting air quality lower than the standard. Non-attainment areas suffer numerous and long-lasting economic consequences including severe restrictions on economic activity and federal funding for transportation development.

Furthermore, it is not entirely clear that a new standard is even needed at this time. The proposal is the culmination of a multi-year process to look at the science and determine if any compelling new science has been uncovered that warrants a change in the existing air quality standards. Will you send a comment letter to the EPA urging it maintain current PM2. 5 standards?


The EPA entered into a settlement with certain environmental organizations to finalize the PM2.5 standards by December 14, 2012. As a result, the Agency will accept comments on the proposal through August 31. We need manufacturers to write to urge the EPA to maintain the current standards and explain the economic consequences of setting a more stringent standard. A copy of your comment letter will be submitted to your U.S. Representative and Senators.

What You Can Do:

  1. Please take a few moments to contact the EPA. Click here to easily send an email to lawmakers:
    Urge the EPA to Maintain Current Particulate Matter Air Quality Standards.
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For More Information, please contact:

Alicia Meads
Director, Energy & Resources Policy

Jeff Hannapel

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EPA Issues Stringent New Chromium Air Emissions Rule

Late on August 15, 2012, EPA signed the final chromium electroplating air rule after it was finally cleared by the White House. In the weeks leading up to the signature of the final rule, NASF has been meeting with EPA officials and the White House regarding the rule and EPA’s technical justification for the rule. Despite the lack of any credible data to support the rule, EPA decided to promulgate the new stringent emissions limits and revised surface tension levels. A copy of the final rule is not yet available, but NASF will be reviewing the rule and supporting documents to determine whether to proceed with a legal challenge to the final rule. In addition, NASF will be providing a summary of the final rule. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Jeff Hannapel at jhannapel@thepolicygroup.com.

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