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                   U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE
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CONTACT: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release
No. 04OPA085

EPA issues list of Michigan counties it plans to name as not meeting new,
Health-Based Soot Standard

CHICAGO (June 29, 2004)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued a list of 7 Michigan
counties that it plans to name as not meeting the new, health-based
outdoor air quality for fine particles (soot).

The counties are : Monroe, Wayne, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair
and Washtenaw.  The state has until September 1 to recommend changes to
the list.  EPA will make final designations in November.

In a letter to Governor Jennifer Granholm, EPA Acting Regional
Administrator Bharat Mathur said, "The Bush Administration is address fine
particle pollution with a comprehensive national clean air strategy.  This
strategy includes EPA's recent rule to reduce pollution from nonroad
diesel engines, and the proposed rule to reduce pollution from power
plants in the Eastern United States.  These two rules are important
components of EPA's efforts to help states and localities meet the more
protective national fine-particle and 8-hour ozone air quality standards.
Together these rules will help all areas in the country achieve cleaner
air."

These counties, called nonattainment areas, have or contribute to fine
particle levels higher than allowed under EPA's national air quality
standard.   The standard is designed to protect the public from exposure
to
these tiny particles that are 2.5 microns or smaller.  By comparison, a
human hair averages about 70 microns in diameter.

Fine particles have been associated with a range of serious adverse health
effects, including aggravation of lung disease, asthma attacks and heart
problems.  EPA believes that airborne fine particles cause tens of
thousands of premature deaths across the United States each year.  In
addition, exposure to them results in tens of thousand of hospitalizations
as well as millions of sick days and doctor visits.

More information is at www.epa.gov/pmdesignations.
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