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EPA air pollution rules face potential repeal

A controversial air pollution rule designed to limit heavy metal pollutants such as mercury and arsenic released by power plants faces potential repeal. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passed the Mercury and Air Toxins Standards (MATS) last year. Now, 30 senators referred to as the "Dirty 30" have joined forces to repeal the MATS on the basis that the regulation harms local industry.

The backing of so many senators is important because, under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), an in committee vote does not require 30 senators to support it. The Senate is scheduled to vote in the next two weeks, WPRI-12 reports.

Supporters of MATS declare the regulation was put in place to protect the American public from harmful pollutants.

"The science is clear, and overwhelming evidence shows that particle pollution at levels currently labeled as officially 'safe' causes heart attacks, strokes and asthma attacks," said Dr. Albert Rizzo, chairman of the board of the American Lung Association, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Homeowners concerned about the negative health effects of air pollution can invest in a home air purifier. Whether the repeal of the MAT passes or not, selecting a high-end unit such as the IQAir GC MultiGas can reduce a person’s risk of heart attack or stroke caused by environmental influences.

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