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Tracking the latest agency and congressional debates over rules to cut emissions of traditional pollutants, and a broad range of novel EPA policies including the agency's shift to a "multipollutant" regulatory approach for individual sectors.

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Tracking the latest agency and congressional debates over rules to cut emissions of traditional pollutants, and a broad range of novel EPA policies including the agency's shift to a "multipollutant" regulatory approach for individual sectors.

PAINT INDUSTRY EYES LEGISLATION TO PREEMPT DISPUTED STATE OZONE RULES

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- Paint industry officials are launching a lobbying campaign to amend the Clean Air Act to preempt states from enacting limits on ozone precursors found in paint and coatings that are stricter than what federal ozone standards require, industry sources say. Current EPA ozone rules allow states to impose more stringent limits on volatile organic compounds (VOCs) with EPA's permission, but the industry is urging Congress to preempt that option -- except possibly in states in extreme non-attainment...

CHEMICAL INDUSTRY PLANS FIRST-TIME REPORTING OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) will launch a voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting system to track its progress in achieving the Bush administration's goal of 18 percent carbon intensity reductions by the end of the decade -- the first time a majority of the chemical industry has agreed to report its emissions of global warming-producing gases. Chemical industry sources and other industry observers say the move reflects increasing industry acknowledgment that it will face global warming requirements in the near...

EPA UNLIKELY TO CONDUCT NEW MODELING FOR UTILITY MERCURY EMISSIONS RULE

EPA seems unlikely to conduct any new modeling for the utility mercury emissions rule it will finalize in March 2005, despite earlier promises by Administrator Mike Leavitt to conduct additional analysis of the agency's proposal and more stringent alternatives. Instead, EPA is likely to release for public comment by the end of this month a notice of data availability (NODA) containing modeling already submitted to the agency by outside groups that shows a range of conclusions, including an Edison Electric...

Paint Industry Eyes Legislation To Preempt Disputed State Ozone Rules

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- Paint industry officials are launching a lobbying campaign to amend the Clean Air Act to preempt states from enacting limits on ozone precursors found in paint and coatings that are stricter than federal ozone requirements, industry sources say. Current EPA ozone rules allow states to impose more stringent limits on volatile organic compounds (VOCs) with EPA's permission, but the industry is urging Congress to preempt that option -- except possibly in states in extreme non-attainment with ozone...

EPA Unlikely To Conduct New Modeling For Mercury Emissions Rule

EPA seems unlikely to conduct any new modeling for the utility mercury emissions rule it will finalize in March 2005, despite earlier promises by Administrator Mike Leavitt to conduct additional analysis of the agency's proposal and more stringent alternatives. Instead, EPA is likely to release for public comment by the end of this month a notice of data availability (NODA) containing modeling already submitted to the agency by outside groups that shows a range of conclusions, including an Edison Electric...

EPA Unlikely To Conduct New Modeling For Mercury Emissions Rule

EPA seems unlikely to conduct any new modeling for the utility mercury emissions rule it will finalize in March 2005, despite earlier promises by Administrator Mike Leavitt to conduct additional analysis of the agency's proposal and more stringent alternatives. Instead, EPA is likely to release for public comment by the end of this month a notice of data availability (NODA) containing modeling already submitted to the agency by outside groups that shows a range of conclusions, including an Edison Electric...

EPA Rejects Claims That CAIR Will Hinder Hill Push For Clear Skies

Senior EPA officials are resisting pressure to delay or drop the agency's clean air interstate rule (CAIR) amid congressional fears that finalizing the rule may sap momentum from the administration's Clear Skies bill. The EPA officials are arguing that expected litigation over the rule and resulting delays will still spur Congress to act swiftly on the bill. "I am quite confident that we will issue CAIR before the end of the year" even though "there are still some pretty strong...

Environmentalists Cite Unusual Ruling To Speed EPA Air Toxics Rule

Environmentalists are citing a recent federal appeals court's unusually detailed ruling that defines when an agency's timetable for action is unreasonable to urge the court to make EPA promptly set new air toxics standards required by a 2000 court order for cement kilns. The environmentalists say the new ruling also provides them ammunition to speed EPA's compliance with several other court orders -- some handed down as recently as last summer -- on pending air toxics requirements for polyvinyl chloride...

EPA Approves State Ozone Plan Despite Paint Industry's Data Challenge

EPA regional officials have effectively rejected a novel industry data quality challenge to Pennsylvania's ozone reduction plan despite the intervention of a key senator and EPA's air chief -- and are poised to approve similarly disputed programs in Maryland and New York, according to state sources, environmentalists and EPA officials. State sources say the decision could protect the information supporting state regulations that are subject to EPA approval from further challenges under under the Information Quality Act, which they consider...

Environmentalists Reject EPA Call To Limit Scope Of Suit On Lead Rules

Environmentalists have rebuffed a suggestion by EPA to limit the geographic scope of a lawsuit, which would require a comprehensive agency review of national lead emissions standards, to Missouri and several other states with metals smelters. The environmentalists say EPA needs to evaluate and strengthen safety standards for the toxic metal beyond those states directly affected by the smelters. EPA attorneys would not comment on any preliminary discussions related to limiting the scope of the air standards review to regional...

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