Unmasking a Climate Crisis: The Hidden Loophole in US Wildfire Pollution Records

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In 2018, the Camp fire unleashed deadly smoke over Northern California, and schools closed. What's happening to the US air during wildfires?

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses the "exceptional events rule" to forgive pollution from uncontrollable events, like wildfires.

An investigation found that local regulators increasingly use this rule to meet air-quality goals. How does this impact your health?

The exceptional events rule is a regulatory escape hatch. It erases pollution from records and disregards it in decisions.

Ozone and particulate matter from wildfire smoke pose significant health risks. Who's affected, and what's the cost?

Climate change is making wildfires worse, but lobbyists push to use the rule, delaying local efforts to combat air pollution.

The EPA plans to tighten pollution standards, and lobbyists see the exceptional events rule as their escape route.

This growing loophole threatens public health as wildfires worsen. Is it a price we're willing to pay for deregulation?

The Clean Air Act didn't account for climate-driven wildfires. The exceptional events rule has become an unexpected refuge.

Scientists and activists worry that the rule lets authorities evade costly measures to combat the wildfire crisis.

As climate change intensifies wildfires, is it time to rethink this loophole and prioritize public health? The answer may be critical to millions.