2012 Sept. 4: PM NAAQS Comment Letter to EPA
Attached is the final letter sent to EPA from a coalition of environmental and health groups. The letter includes residential wood smoke as a major source of PM2.5! That is a first for us that these organizations agreed to acknowledge this problem.
I also asked them to address the major gaps in air monitoring, especially in rural areas. The focus for too long has been an urban areas. But with only 440 air monitors for the entire country, there are huge gaps in monitoring. So a sentence on rural and air monitoring gaps was included.
This was a short letter that had a broad coalition focused on one thing – to lower the allowable 24 hr and annual PM2.5 levels. The focus wasn’t solely on wood smoke, but it will help our cause.
If the NAAQS for PM2.5 gets lowered, then more states will be out of compliance with the Clean Air Act. That will force them to address PM sources other than the usual suspects (industrial, power plants). So, adding residential wood smoke as a major source is significant.
Be sure to take a look at the long list of those who signed on. Jim – you’ll be happy to see that Indiana was well represented!
Note that I contacted American Lung, and they responded that they sent their own letter.