EPA draft rule on particulate matter air pollution will impact Augusta

FILE - In 2009, Augusta was at risk of being listed as a nonattainment zone for failing air quality standards. Over a decade later, the city is in a similar position.

Augusta has the worst air quality in the state of Georgia for fine particle pollution according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and new regulations from the agency may force the city to start anew a cleanup effort.

The EPA has published a draft of a new rule proposing that the current standard for air pollution in the U.S., which hasn’t been updated in about a decade, become more strict because of the pollution’s impact on human health. Specifically, the agency is cracking down on PM 2.5 — the tiniest pieces of air pollution — that have the worst impact on public health.

Sources:Augusta manufacturer largest source of CO2 in Georgia, emissions tracker reports

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2023-01-27 17:47:15

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