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Decision Recognizes Falling Emissions, Air Quality Improvement

WASHINGTON (April 14, 2020) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposal to retain the current national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM).

“ACC supports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposal to retain the primary and secondary standards for particulate matter as released today. With air quality improving, EPA’s decision will enable further environmental progress under the current standards and emissions controls. We appreciate EPA’s timely release of the proposal and look forward to a more detailed review in formal comments to the Agency.

“ACC member companies have implemented a variety of measures to reduce emissions. Between 2008 and 2018, Responsible Care® companies reduced sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions by 67 percent and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 43 percent.”

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