U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region 7)
Communities Information Digest
January 3, 2012**Has this edition of the Communities Information Digest been forwarded to you? Would you like to regularly receive the digest toyour inbox? To receive this bi-monthly digest directly, please send an email to Tegan Vaughn, email@example.com
This will help us better target our list of recipients.
Note: New items are in *asterisks*.
**EPA Announces Next Round of Clean Air Standards to Reduce Harmful Soot Pollution*
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently finalized an update to its national air quality standards for harmful fine particlepollution (PM2.5), including soot, setting the annual health standard at 12 micrograms per cubic meter. By 2020, ninety-nine percent of U.S.counties are projected to meet revised health standard without any additional actions. Fine particle pollution can penetrate deep into the lungsand has been linked to a wide range of serious health effects, including premature death, heart attacks, and strokes, as well as acutebronchitis and aggravated asthma among children. For more information, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/pm.To view EPA administrator
*Agriculture Secretary Announces Funding for Projects Which Support Rural Economic Development in Seven States*
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the selection of recipients for grants and loans to help spur economic development andcreate or save jobs in rural communities in seven Midwestern and Southern states. Funding will be provided to applicants in Indiana, Iowa,Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska and Tennessee. USDA Rural Development is providing support through the Rural EconomicDevelopment Loan and Grant program (REDLG), which provides zero-interest loans to local utilities that they, in turn, pass through to localbusinesses for projects to create and retain employment in rural areas. For more information about the REDLG program, visit: