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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.

OIL INDUSTRY SEEKS EPA HELP TO MEET UPCOMING CLEAN-DIESEL STANDARD

Petroleum industry groups are in discussions with U.S. EPA about overcoming what the groups say are technical obstacles to transporting fuel that complies with an upcoming standard for cleaner burning highway diesel fuel. Sources say the industry may urge EPA to offer incentives or use its enforcement discretion if fuel suppliers fall short of the new requirements. Industry officials say the biggest unknown in meeting the new requirements is how to avoid downstream contamination of the fuel. The product has...

EPA WORKING WITH STATES, INDUSTRY TO IMPROVE EMISSIONS ESTIMATES

U.S. EPA has launched initiatives with industry and states to improve pollution estimates, known as emissions factors, which are often the basis for air permit limits, but are widely criticized as inaccurate and outdated. But environmentalists are wary of EPA's effort to build "partnerships" with industry groups to promote research on improving the data in the absence of government funding. They are also skeptical about the agency's plan to develop rules or guidance for states on how to use emissions...

PETROLEUM INDUSTRY SEEKS EPA HELP IN MEETING DIESEL FUEL STANDARDS

Petroleum industry groups and EPA are discussing how the industry can overcome significant technical obstacles to transporting clean fuel under a pending highway diesel standard, with sources saying the industry may urge EPA to offer incentives or use enforcement discretion if the industry falls short of the mark. Industry officials say the biggest unknown in meeting the new requirement is how to avoid downstream contamination of the fuel. The product must move from the refineries, to terminals, through pipelines and...

NCSL ENVIRONMENT PANEL CHIEF FACES OPPOSITION TO CLEAN AIR PLANS

Maryland State Del. Jim Hubbard (D), the recently appointed chairman of the National Conference of State Legislatures's (NCSL) environment committee, is facing tough industry opposition to his plans for the group to formally oppose the Bush administration's air quality initiatives. Hubbard -- whose recent appointment drew opposition from the utility industry -- is taking the helm amid growing industry efforts to block NCSL and other state groups from adopting positions supporting strict environmental requirements, particularly on air quality issues. "There...

Senate Staff Eye Broad Tax Bill As New Vehicle To Renew Wind Energy Credits

Democratic and Republican staff in the Senate say renewal of a wind energy tax credit could be approved as part of catch-all tax code extension legislation if Congress fails to adopt comprehensive energy legislation or an export tax reform bill that both include the wind provisions. The energy legislation and export tax bill have been mired by partisan politics and passage this year appears uncertain at best for either proposal. With approximately three weeks remaining in this year's legislative session,...

NRDC BLASTS EPA'S BUILDING CODE COMPARISON WITH NSR COST THRESHOLD

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is taking issue with EPA's justification of its cost-based threshold to exclude facility upgrades from new source review (NSR) requirements, after the agency compared its threshold to similar approaches used in building codes. A source with the group also claims the comparison between EPA's 20 percent cost exclusion and exceptions from building codes for remodeling work was designed as an after-the-fact way for industry to help the agency win its court fight over the...

KEY SCIENTIFIC PANEL'S NSR REVIEW HAMPERED BY LACK OF HARD DATA

A key scientific panel is struggling to gather quantitative data detailing the new source review (NSR) air permitting program's impacts on the electric utility industry, causing frustration just weeks before the panel begins to develop preliminary conclusions about how the controversial NSR reforms are affecting air quality and public health, sources say. "There has not been a lot of effort to collect and analyze the kind of data [the committee is] looking for," a source close to the study says...

GROUPS ASK DOI TO INTERVENE ON BEHALF OF NATIONAL PARK'S AIR QUALITY

Environmentalists and an outdoor recreation group have filed an unusual petition with the Department of the Interior (DOI) in an attempt to force EPA and the state of Colorado to reduce air pollution at one of the nation's most popular outdoor attractions, Rocky Mountain National Park. Demanding a variety of federal and state regulatory actions, the groups are also criticizing a voluntary plan to reduce ozone in the Denver area as insufficient to protect the park. Environmental Defense and Colorado...

KERRY COAL PLAN TARGETS KEY STATES, SEEKS CLIMATE CHANGE COMPROMISE

Sen. John Kerry's (D-MA) campaign proposal to boost clean coal is seeking to convey a more activist position on climate change than President Bush, while simultaneously assuring coal states that Kerry would favor low-emission coal technologies and only modest regulatory measures to curb global warming, environmentalists and industry observers say. While the Aug. 19 proposal outlines new details of how Kerry would implement a $10 billion plan for encouraging research on and deployment of advanced coal technologies, the document offers...

ACTIVISTS SAY SENATORS' REMARKS SHOW MOMENTUM FOR CLIMATE BILL

Environmentalists say recent remarks by two Republican senators who had voted against legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions may show increasing support for such measures, after the lawmakers cited the need to address global warming while on a fact-finding trip to Norway on climate change. "I voted against it, but I am more open to voting differently now," said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), one of the lawmakers on the trip, according to a translation of an Aug. 23 Norwegian press...

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