Feds, provinces poised to agree on new deal to control air pollution

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OTTAWA - Federal and provincial environment ministers are poised to announce a new deal to better control industrial air pollution.

The Canadian Press has learned that officials from both levels of government have agreed in principle to the air quality deal, and ministers are meeting Thursday to sign off on it.

The deal would see the federal government set higher standards on particulate matter, ozone and other emissions that harm air quality and people's health.

Provinces would be left to implement the agreement, with an eye on six regional airsheds that cross boundaries.

The deal is being driven by a recognition that current standards are too low.

A 2008 study by the Canadian Medical Association said 21,000 Canadians die prematurely every year because of air pollution.

Organizations: Canadian Press, Canadian Medical Association

Geographic location: OTTAWA

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