Update: Good news on soot pollution

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Dear Friend,

Thanks to the pressure created by you and nearly 80,000 CREDO Activists who urged President Obama to take action, the White House last Friday announced that it would finalize the EPA's rule to reduce the limit on soot pollution, or black carbon.

In a positive development for the air we breathe, the new rule will reduce the soot limit by 20% to 12 micrograms per cubic meter, down from 15 micrograms, the current standard established in 1997 and at least 7 years overdue for an update.1 Thanks to your pressure, the White House did not substantially weaken, block, or delay the EPA's proposed rule — as it has in the past with other clean air and pollution rules, notably the ozone standard.

According to EPA estimates, the rule will prevent 40,000 premature deaths, and save us $4 billion to $9.1 billion a year on healthcare costs, with a cost to industry of only $53 million to $350 million annually to comply.

This is a promising sign for President Obama's second term, but the real test will come in the coming weeks when President Obama makes a decision about the Keystone XL Pipeline, and even sooner when his Administration is expected to release it's supplemental environmental impact statement.

Stay tuned for way to continue fighting for clean air, and urging the Obama administration to finally take strong action to protect our environment and health from fossil fuel polluters.

Thanks for you activism — it makes a difference.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. New air pollution standards restrict soot particles," LA Times, December 14, 2012

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