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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.

ARB DETAILS PROPOSAL REQUIRING LOW-SULFUR DIESEL IN BOATS, TRAINS

Air board officials this week unveiled details to their proposal to require harbor craft and some locomotives to use ultra low-sulfur diesel fuel, which is aimed at reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx), particulate matter (PM) and sulfur oxides (SOx). Railroad representatives earlier this year raised questions about whether the rules will impact fuel availability and whether federal authority to regulate locomotives may preclude the state rules. Air Resources Board staff proposed this week that a standard for diesel fuel having a...

UTILITIES DELAY ACTION ON NSR PACTS PENDING AIR TRANSPORT RULE RELEASE

Some power companies are reluctant to pursue settlements with EPA over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act's new source review (NSR) program until the Bush administration finalizes EPA's upcoming regulation to curb transported air pollution, sources say. The sources say some utilities may be delaying action on the settlements at least in part because they are concerned that the pacts would create competitive disadvantages if their competitors were not subject to the rule's requirements. One source tracking the issue...

NORTHEAST GRAPPLING WITH KEY ISSUES FOR NATIONAL CLIMATE MODEL

Northeast regulators seeking to develop a landmark regional climate change program are confronting several issues that could make it difficult for the program to achieve its goal of becoming a national model for regulating greenhouse gas emissions, according to observers and participants in the effort. These sources say the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is working to addresses concerns that future regional restrictions on energy production will increase power imports and boost emissions in other areas. The issue, known as...

THINK TANK EYES FORMING PANEL WITH EPA TO HELP COMPLETE MERCURY RULE

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) may form a mercury policy panel to provide advice on the feasibility of EPA's proposed mercury rule as the agency seeks to finalize the controversial plan, which would require utilities to reduce toxic mercury emissions for the first time. Any plan to hold such a forum has not been finalized, according to one ELI source, but it is being supported by former Acting EPA Administrator Marianne Lamont Horinko, who is now affiliated with ELI, an...

MANUFACTURERS CONTINUE PUSHING LIMITS ON SCOPE OF EPA TRANSPORT RULE

Large manufacturers, including industrial boilers, chemical plants and paper companies, are ramping up pressure on the Bush administration to exempt their facilities from the clean air interstate rule (CAIR) and future initiatives to restrict interstate air pollution transport. The group is urging the White House to only include an industrial source in CAIR if doing so would allow at least 16 new counties to attain national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). This language, included in a supplement to the CAIR...

Utilities Delay Action On NSR Pacts Pending Air Transport Rule Release

Some power companies are reluctant to pursue settlements with EPA over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act's new source review (NSR) program until the Bush administration finalizes EPA's upcoming regulation to curb transported air pollution, sources say. The sources say some utilities might be delaying action on the settlements at least in part because they are concerned that the pacts would create competitive disadvantages if their competitors were not subject to the rule's requirements. One source tracking the issue...

Senators Urge Powell To Allow Independent Release Of Arctic Greenhouse Gas Report

A bipartisan group of senators is pushing Secretary of State Colin Powell to allow the stand-alone release of a key international report recommending policies to mitigate the effects of climate change on the Arctic. The group, including Senate science committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ), Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), is asking Powell to ensure that the report is presented to foreign ministers of the seven-nation Arctic Council later this year in stand-alone form after State Department officials sought...

STATE OFFICIALS PUSH FOR NEW EMISSION CREDIT TRADING PROGRAMS

Top state air officials and stakeholder groups are beginning a major push to develop novel emission reduction credit (ERC) trading programs, as credits become scarcer by the day, threatening the ability of businesses to locate and expand in nonattainment areas. Leaders of the effort are optimistic that breakthroughs can be achieved, especially because U.S. EPA Region IX has joined the effort and is signaling it is open to innovative proposals -- a position that has not existed in past ERC-generation...

WIDESPREAD OPPOSITION SEEN KILLING CPR PLAN TO ELIMINATE ARB

Following a California Performance Review (CPR) Commission meeting that featured strong resistance to a recommendation to eliminate the air board, several sources are predicting that the proposal will be off the table when the governor decides which concepts to pursue in his effort to streamline state government. Other Cal/EPA reorganization proposals -- such as eliminating the regional water boards and consolidating waste management regulatory oversight -- face opposition but appear to have more traction than getting rid of the air...

FARMERS EXPECT SETTLEMENT TO EXEMPT MORE DAIRIES FROM SAN JOAQUIN RULE

Dairy industry representatives say they believe a lawsuit settlement reached this week with the San Joaquin Valley air district over new Clean Air Act permitting requirements for farms will exempt more existing and new dairies from permitting and future control measures. Industry officials expect new emission factors called for by the settlement that more accurately estimate current facility pollution levels will replace estimates now being used by the district that date back to the 1930s, sources said. Among other things,...

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