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Dear Editor:

Please contact the Environmental Protection Agency to register your support in keeping the clean air auto emissions standards that were approved in January 2017.

The EPA approved the improved fuel economy standards for model years 2022-2025 for autos and light trucks after an extensive period of public and industry comment. Despite EPA’s finding that the standards were appropriate and attainable by the auto industry, secretaries Pruitt and Chao reopened them for review in March. What happened in two months to require a change in established standards?

Vehicular emissions account for a substantial portion of the small particulate (PM 2.5) and other air pollution chemicals known to be associated with the development of cardiovascular, respiratory and neurodegenerative diseases. South Central Pennsylvania ranks in the lowest 20 percent of clean air regions based on the 2016 American Lung Association — State of the Air report.

Please send your comments without delay since they must be submitted by Oct. 5 to the EPA at — there is a link for comments on the “Reconsideration of Final Determination of Mid — term Evaluation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Model Year 2022-2025 Light-duty Vehicles."

Better fuel economy reduces air pollution and saves consumers money. There are no cures for the diseases caused or aggravated by air pollution, so reducing these harmful chemicals in the air is the only way to protect the public. Send your comments now to maintain the already approved standards (also copy your U.S. Senators and Representative) so we can all breathe easier.

Frank P. Castrina