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API supports EPA proposal

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The American Petroleum Institute (API) has released a statement in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final proposal to maintain existing Particulate Matter (PM) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), which the EPA is required to review every five years.

The decision follows the EPA’s review of the scientific evidence underlying the standards and is consistent with the recommendation of the agency’s independent Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, which voted 5-1 to retain the current standards.

“Under existing standards, the US has made remarkable progress in reducing emissions and improving air quality,” API Senior Vice President of Policy, Economics and Regulatory Affairs Frank Macchiarola said. “Thanks to cleaner fuels and industry action, we have the cleanest air in half a century, and with smart regulations and continued innovation, we can build on this progress while delivering affordable, reliable energy around the world.”

According to the EPA, the US has reduced emissions that can contribute to particulate matter – including an 84% drop in sulfur dioxide (SO2), and a 54% decrease in nitrogen oxide (NOx) – since 2000. The continued transition to cleaner natural gas in the power sector played an important role in those emissions reductions and is important progress that can endure with continued implementation of existing regulations.

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