The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering strengthening limits on fine particle matter, a prevalent air pollutant, to prevent health risks. Industry groups express concerns over potential job loss, while public health advocates argue for the benefits of stricter standards. The EPA aims to finalize the rule soon, which could lower the annual soot standard and prevent thousands of premature deaths annually. However, business groups warn of economic consequences and political implications, especially in swing states. The debate underscores the challenges in balancing public health, environmental protection, and economic interests.
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