“Stronger Pollution Standards Could Save 143K Lives: Study”

“A recent study found that stronger pollution regulations could save more than 143,000 lives over a decade.

The study, published Friday by team of researchers in the Science Advances journal, determined that lowering the maximum standard for fine particulate matter, also known as soot, by 2 micrograms per cubic meter could save about 143,257 lives over a 10-year period.

The researchers used 16 years worth of data, including information about 68.5 million Medicare enrollees, to “provide strong evidence of the causal link between long-term [fine particulate matter] exposure and mortality.”

The study follows a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make no changes to Obama-era standards for this type of pollution.”

Rachel Frazin reports for The Hilll June 29, 2020.