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For Immediate Release

James Pew, Earthjustice, (202) 745-5214

EPA Releases Revised Boiler Standards

Updated standards will save 8,100 lives


Today, under intense pressure from industry, the Environmental Protection Agency further weakened air pollution standards for industrial boilers and incinerators--among the worst sources of toxic air pollution in the nation. Below is a statement from Earthjustice attorney, James Pew:

"Industry has assailed these clean air standards from the moment they were proposed, and they've largely achieved their goals in the updated version released today by the EPA. All the while, communities across the country that are overburdened by air pollution from industrial boilers and incinerators continue to suffer the impacts of breathing dirty air.

"With this reproposal, we hope industry will abandon its effort in Congress to kill these standards entirely and instead let the EPA begin the important job of improving air quality.

"Despite the standard's many flaws, it will reduce premature death, asthma attacks and other serious disease, and that work should begin without any further delay."

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