U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works
Minority Press Release
Contact:  Diane Derby, 224-5141
 
SEN. JEFFORDS' STATEMENT REGARDING EPA ANNOUNCEMENT OF PARTICULATE MATTER STANDARDS

Statement of Senator Jim Jeffords, I-Vt.
Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
Regarding Today's Announcement by the EPA on
National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Particulate Matter
September 21, 2006

"Today the EPA has announced standards regarding fine and coarse particle pollution, also known as particulate matter. I am deeply disappointed by EPA's decision to disregard the advice of its own science advisors. Instead of following their advice by adopting standards that would save thousands of lives, the EPA chose the politically expedient path. We need air quality standards that tell us when the air is safe to breathe, not standards that tell us when the air is only partially safe to breathe."