EPA proposes stricter regulations on soot emissions, such as from diesel engines and wood burning. (Story here). Exactly what we don't need during a recession are a bunch of ivory tower regulations restricting the use of energy.
Update: Europe is also pushing this issue. From the Daily Mail:
Diesel engine exhaust fumes cause cancer and belong in the same potentially deadly category as asbestos, arsenic and mustard gas, according to the World Health Organisation.I'm beginning to think that "compelling scientific evidence" when it is applied to scientists associated with the UN means "this evidence supports our continued funding."
The France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the WHO, has reclassified diesel exhausts from 'probable' carcinogens to a group of substances that have definite links to cancer.
Research has shown that regular exposure to diesel fumes is as likely to cause cancer as passive smoking.
Health officials have now called for governments to act on 'cleaning-up' the fumes emitted from vehicle exhausts. The experts, who said their decision was unanimous and based on 'compelling' scientific evidence, urged people across the world to reduce exposure to diesel fumes as much as possible.