New federal soot pollution rule could bring cleaner air to Wisconsin


New federal soot pollution rule could bring cleaner air to Wisconsin


The federal government is cracking down on air pollution in cities like Milwaukee. Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tightened restrictions on soot.

“The science is clear,” said EPA administrator Michael Regan in a briefing. “Soot pollution is one of the most dangerous forms of air pollution and is linked to a range of serious and potentially deadly illnesses, including asthma and heart attacks.”

The particle pollution comes from sources like coal-fired power plants, agriculture, highway traffic and wildfires.

Soot is also known as PM2.5 — short for particulate matter that measures just 2.5 microns across. That’s 30 times smaller than a human hair: Tiny enough to burrow deep into the lungs and enter the bloodstream...


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