U.S. environmental agency weighs stricter smog rule


WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Agency may tighten existing smog standards, after reviewing a body of research that links the air pollutant to early death, according to an agency draft paper released on Wednesday. Staff analysts said there is in the draft, for the first time, definitive evidence that high smog levels send people to the hospital and increase mortality rates, as well as aggravate asthma and hurt lung functions. "The majority of these studies suggest ...

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