Tell the EPA: Strong soot pollution standards will save lives

We should be able to go about our daily lives without a dose of toxic pollution -- but for too many Americans, the air we breathe is contaminated with soot. This particulate matter easily enters our lungs, where it can do lifelong damage.

I applaud the EPA for taking a major step toward tackling this problem by proposing much-needed updates to federal soot pollution standards. However, your agency's proposed limit on "acceptable" fine particulate pollution still falls short of what many health and environmental experts recommend.

I urge the EPA to enact the strongest possible air quality regulations for fine particle pollution and for other types of harmful air pollution including nitrogen oxides.