American Energy Initiative, Part 21: A Focus on the New Proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency to Tighten National Standards for Fine Particulate Matter in the Ambient Air, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Energy and Power of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, June 28, 2012   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is the June 28, 2012 hearing "The American Energy Initiative, Part 21" held before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power. From the opening statement of Ed Whitfield: "However, today we are going to be discussing the proposed National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Fine Particulate Matter. Specifically, EPA's [Environmental Protection Agency] proposal calls for ratcheting down the already stringent annual standard for fine particulate matter set in 2006. The new 2006 standard hasn't even been fully implemented yet. Indeed, this committee recommended in a recent letter to EPA and requested that the agency consider retaining the current standard, but they, I think, have ignored this suggestion. I might add that particulate matter has many natural sources as you well know, such as forest fires, windblown dust, volcanoes, and even sea spray. Even the EPA admits that background levels can approach the agency's existing standards and on occasion exceed them." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ed Whitfield, Bobby L. Rush, Henry A. Waxman, Mark Herbst, Brad Muller, Tee Lamont Guidotti, Peter A. Valbert, Collin O'Mara, Anne E. Smith, and Jeffrey R. Holmstead.

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