"White House Weakened EPA Soot Proposal, Documents Show"

"The White House recently modified an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to limit soot emissions, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post, inviting public comment on a slightly weaker standard than the agency had originally sought."

"The behind-the-scenes tweaking of the proposed soot standards, which affect particles measuring less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, sparked criticism that the White House was interfering with science-based decisions.

Fine particles, which come from oil refineries, factories and other operations, rank among the most deadly widespread air pollutants. EPA had originally wanted to tighten the annual exposure to fine-particle soot from 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air to 12 micrograms per cubic meter, according to an e-mail between Office of Management and Budget and EPA officials."

Juliet Eilperin reports for the Washington Post July 17, 2012.

Source: Wash Post, 07/18/2012