The EPA is about to decide if national health standards for smog should be made tougher. What’s at stake is the quality of the air we breathe.

The EPA’s independent science advisers unanimously think the standards should be made tougher. So do the EPA’s career experts. So do lung doctors and many other medical groups. But big polluters are putting on a smog squeeze. They want the White House to keep the existing standards. And they are urging the Bush administration to break the law by considering costs (code for politics) instead of science.

The EPA is under a court order to make a decision by March 12.

Spokespeople from the American Lung Association, Clean Air Watch, Environmental Defense Fund, and the National Association of Clean Air Agencies are planning a briefing Thursday, March 6, at 12:00 p.m. EST.

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