Revision of the PM-10 national ambient air quality standard [abstract]
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): R. H. White
Editor(s): D. C. Bryan
Publication Year: 1997

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  • air quality
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • education
  • multiple resource management
  • natural resource legislation
  • public information
  • wildfires
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The U.S. Enviromnental Protection Agency (EPA) is under court order to review the adequacy of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Particulate Matter (PM-10) by January 31, 1997. A significant number of recent epidemiological research studies have found a correlation between levels of PM-10 well below the current PM-10 NAAQS with a broad spectrum of adverse health effects, including premature death. This body of scientific data supports the need to revise the current PM-10 standard in a manner that protects the public health with an adequate margin of safety, as required by the Clean Air Act. This paper: 1) includes a description of the court-ordered schedule for EPA's review of the PM-10 NAAQS; 2) reviews recent PM-10 health effects research results and their relation to the EPA PM-10 NAAQS review; and 3) discusses the need for consideration of the public health impact from exposure to prescribed burning emissions in reviewing alternative strategies for wildfire control and ecosystem management.

White, R. H. 1997. Revision of the PM-10 national ambient air quality standard [abstract], in Bryan, D. C., Proceedings of the environmental regulation & prescribed fire conference: legal and social challenges. Tampa, FL. Center for Professional Development, Florida State University,Tallahassee, FL. p. 63,