1. Pollutants

    EPA Proposes Stricter Air Standards

    FILE - In this June 15, 2011, file photo Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson testifies before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works regarding the Clean Air Act and Public Health on Capitol Hill in Washington. In response to a federal court order requiring the Obama administration to update air quality standards under the Clean Air Act the EPA is proposing new air quality standards to lower the amount of soot that can be released into the air. The long-delayed rule is to be made public on Friday, June 15, 2012.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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    The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing on Friday new air quality standards to lower the amount of soot that can be released into the air. The Obama administration's move will please environmental groups but risks backlash from congressional Republicans in an election year, and could add to a critical image of the president stifling economic growth and causing job losses.

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