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Biden sets tighter standards for deadly soot pollution

BY MATTHEW DALY Associated Press
Posted 2/9/24

The Biden administration is setting tougher standards for deadly soot pollution, saying that reducing fine particulate matter from tailpipes, smokestacks and other industrial sources could prevent thousands of premature deaths a year.

Environmental and public health groups hailed the new Environmental Protection Agency rule finalized Wednesday as a major step in improving the health of Americans, including future generations. Industry groups warned it could lead to the loss of manufacturing jobs and even shut down power plants or refineries. Business groups and Republican-leaning states are likely to challenge the rule in court.

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