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Settlement forces EPA decision on plans to reduce soot pollution in California, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon and Utah

from Center for Biological Diversity

A federal court in Oakland on June 2 said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must decide within a year whether plans in five western states meet Clean Air Act standards limiting dangerous pollution from tiny airborne particles like soot. The court-approved settlement between conservation and public health groups and the EPA helps ensure that communities in Arizona, California, Idaho, Oregon and Utah are implementing air quality plans that meet clean air standards to reduce soot pollution, a health hazard for people and wildlife. more

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