The risk of air quality pollution from human sources in the United States is so high that the EPA says it is “urgently” looking at how to regulate its air.
But some air quality experts say the risk is much less than people think.
And some have even argued that the risk of pollution in areas where coal is burned could be much lower than they think.
The EPA says pollution levels are high in parts of West Virginia and Kentucky, and the highest pollution is in central Appalachia, where coal and gas production is the largest source of emissions.
In addition, a new report released Wednesday shows the EPA is now actively considering whether to add new standards for mercury and other heavy metals.
The agency is expected to issue its final report on the air quality in late 2018, according to a copy obtained by CNNMoney.
But critics are already calling the EPA’s report premature and say the agency should be taking a more aggressive stance.
It’s time for a national conversation about the environment, says Michael J. Green, an environmental health professor at the University of Pennsylvania who has studied air pollution.
The EPA should act to protect health and the public from the toxic pollution of the coal industry, Green said in an email to CNNMoney and by email.
The report is “not a final rule” and it’s not yet clear what its impact will be on air quality, he added.
“It is a good first step to start a conversation about how to protect the health of our communities.”
But critics say the EPA shouldn’t be taking any action on the issue until it has done more research into the issue.
Some states already have regulations that are stricter than those proposed by the EPA, including those in Kentucky and West Virginia, where air quality is already high.
Green said that while it’s important to look at the long-term impacts of air pollutants, the EPA needs to take action on its own to make sure the public is protected from the effects of pollution.
“The EPA needs a comprehensive review of the potential impacts of coal dust and particulate matter on the health and welfare of American communities,” Green said.
“It should act quickly and take appropriate actions, especially if coal is one of the largest sources of pollution.”
The EPA declined to comment on the report’s findings.
The Obama administration also said in a statement on Wednesday that the agency would review the research and take action if it found there was a connection between air pollution and the premature death of children.
“These premature deaths are due to the high levels of air and water pollution that occur in the communities we serve,” EPA spokeswoman Emily Brown said.
“If we find there is a causal relationship between air quality and premature deaths, EPA will take appropriate action.”
She added that EPA is reviewing the findings.
“We are committed to taking action to protect our air and the health for our residents and visitors,” Brown said, adding that the Trump administration “will review this research.”
The Environmental Protection Agency declined to make any public comments on the study.
The study was produced by the University at Buffalo, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Center for Environmental Health at the National Institutes of Health.