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Tighter Air Pollution Standards May Save Thousands of Lives, Greatly Improve Public Health

(American Thoracic Society) [A new analysis] found that meeting a 0.060 parts per million (ppm) 8-hour standard for O3 rather than the EPA's 0.070 ppm standard, and an 11 micrograms per cubic meter (μg/m3) annual standard for PM2.5, rather than the EPA's 12 μg/m3 standard, would each year:
·         Save 9,320 lives;
·         Reduce serious health events (morbidities), such as heart attacks, hospital admissions and emergency room visits, by 21,400; and
·         Decrease "adverse impact days," during which people may not be able to work, go to school or otherwise be physically active because of severe breathing problems, by 19,300,000 days.
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