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“CDC Questioned EPA Rule Declining To Impose Tougher Soot Regulations”

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rationale for freezing air quality regulations was “not scientifically defensible” before the agency finalized the rule earlier this month.

The EPA opted to keep Obama-era standards on particulate matter, or soot, in a move critics argued failed to take into account a growing body of evidence showing even low levels of air pollution can be harmful to human health.

An interagency review of the EPA rule released late Friday shows that the CDC shared those concerns, saying the agency “has not provided sufficient justification” for failing to sufficiently weigh epidemiological studies showing the harm from air pollution at levels lower than the current standards.”

Rebecca Beitsch reports for The Hill December 21, 2020.