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EPA Taking Public Comment on Fine Particle Recommendations

Release Date: 09/03/2008
Contact Information: David Bryan, 913-551-7433,

(Kansas City, Kan., Sept. 3, 2008) - EPA is opening a 30-day public comment period on its recommendations for areas to be designated as out of compliance with the Agency’s 24-hour fine particle air quality standards. Comments must be received on or before October 2, 2008. The 30-day period began with the publishing Sept. 2 of the Federal Register notice of the national comment period.

Text of the Federal Register notice is available at:

On August 19 and 20, EPA notified states and tribes of its recommendations for areas to be designated as “attainment” or “nonattainment” for fine particle pollution, also called PM2.5. Exposure to fine particle pollution is linked to a variety of serious health problems, including aggravated asthma, chronic bronchitis, nonfatal heart attacks, and premature death.

Instructions for submitting comments are available at

Persons may submit comments, identified by Docket ID No. OAR-2007- 0562, by one of the following methods:
  • - Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
  • E-mail: Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0562.
  • Fax: 202-566-9744. Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0562.
  • Mail: Air Docket, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0562, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code: 6102T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460.
  • Hand Delivery: EPA Docket Center, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room 3334, Washington, DC. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    For general questions concerning comments, please contact Ben Gibson, U.S. EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Air Quality Planning Division, C504-01, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone (919) 541-3065, e-mail at