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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.

PG&E CITES GOVERNOR'S BUSINESS AGENDA IN RIPPING ARB FLEET RULE

espite relaxation PG&E CITES GOVERNOR'S BUSINESS AGENDA IN RIPPING ARB FLEET RULE Rural public agencies and major utilities are continuing to blast a draft air board rule to crack down on heavy-duty diesel vehicle emissions, despite board staff's relaxation of the regulation since it was first floated in May. A Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) official told air board staffers that the rule clashes with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's efforts to improve the business climate in the state "From the...

UTILITIES TELL GOVERNOR SOLAR COST, PERFORMANCE KEY IN NEW BILLS

Utility and industry representatives are laying out several guiding principles they want the administration to consider when potentially drafting legislation requiring solar units on new homes, including that the systems be proven to be cost-effective and meet performance standards. Environmentalists are concerned some of the principles may complicate future legislation and the governor's "million homes" initiative that failed to pass this year. The industry's "principles" to guide future discussion of solar system mandates were laid out in a Sept. 29...

SAN JOAQUIN AIR PLAN HEADS TO ARB, EPA; LEGAL FIGHT POSSIBLE

The air board later this month is expected to approve a controversial ozone attainment plan for the San Joaquin Valley that may test the state's oversight role as well as U.S. EPA's transition from a one-hour attainment standard to an eight-hour standard, according to sources. Environmentalists maintain that the district and the regulatory agencies are violating the Clean Air Act by allowing the district to extend compliance with the standards and approving a plan that will soon be moot. At...

GLOBAL DISPUTE COULD HALT NEW GREENHOUSE GAS GUIDELINES FOR SHIPS

An emerging global dispute is threatening to derail the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) development of first-time guidelines for calculating greenhouse gas emissions from ships, leaving U.S. EPA and other federal officials concerned that the disagreement could also undermine a host of future IMO standards affecting the environment. Talks took place this week in London at a meeting of the IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee, where developing countries, including India and China, are expected to argue that they should not have...

INDUSTRY STUDY SAYS EPA INTERSTATE AIR RULE TO RAISE ELECTRICITY PRICES

A new analysis by industry consultants of U.S. EPA's proposal to reduce interstate air pollution caused by power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides shows the rule would raise electricity prices 25% by 2010 and an additional 10% by 2015. The energy-cost impacts of the proposal are surprising because EPA has touted the plan as striking a good balance between economic growth and environmental progress. The study, The Outlook for U.S. Steam Coal Long-Term Forecast to 2023...

DOJ SUIT COULD SIGNAL BROADER USE OF CLEAN AIR ACT'S CRIMINAL PENALTIES

The Justice Department's (DOJ) high-profile prosecution of a New Jersey pipe manufacturer for alleged criminal violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and other environmental laws could signal broader DOJ use of criminal prosecutions under the air law, industry and government attorneys say. In U.S. v. Atlantic States, et. al, a case pending in federal district court in New Jersey, the department is seeking to impose criminal penalties for alleged violations of CAA Title V permit requirements for excess carbon...

CORPORATE TAX BILL PROVIDES INCENTIVES FOR MEETING EPA DIESEL RULE

Small oil refiners would be provided tax breaks to comply with EPA regulations capping the sulfur content of diesel fuel used by trucks through a provision included in a major corporate tax bill that President Bush is expected to soon sign into law. The tax credits have long been sought by petroleum refiners, who say the costly new EPA rule is hurting small refiners' ability to compete in the marketplace. The provision, which was originally part of stalled energy legislation,...

DELAY IN EPA VOC DECISION MAY HAMPER USE OF LESS-HARMFUL OZONE CHEMICAL

EPA's delay in exempting a chemical from regulation as a volatile organic compound (VOC) may delay widespread use of the substance in a slew of ground-level ozone nonattainment areas -- even though EPA just approved it as an alternative to a chemical recently banned for depleting the stratospheric ozone layer, EPA and industry sources say. EPA's failure to finalize the VOC exemption discourages local areas out of attainment with federal ground-level ozone standards from allowing building contractors and others to...

WISCONSIN ACTIVISTS SEEK TOUGHEST-EVER BACT LIMITS FOR NEW COAL PLANT

Wisconsin environmentalists are pressing the state's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to require a proposed 500-megawatt, coal-fired power plant to meet clean air standards for nitrogen oxide (NOx) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) far lower than mandated in permits before. A draft air permit issued in July for Wisconsin Public Service Corp.'s proposed Weston 4 plant would require stringent best available control technology (BACT) limits for NOx and SO2, but the Sierra Club is pressing hard for those limits to be...

INDUSTRY STUDY SAYS EPA INTERSTATE AIR RULE TO RAISE ELECTRICITY PRICES

A new analysis by industry consultants of EPA's proposal to reduce interstate air pollution caused by power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides shows the rule would make electricity prices rise 25 percent by 2010 and an additional 10 percent by 2015. The energy-cost impacts of the proposal are surprising because EPA has touted the plan as striking a good balance between economic growth and environmental progress. The study, The Outlook for U.S. Steam Coal Long-Term Forecast...

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