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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.

REGION X POISED TO FINALIZE LANDMARK AIR RULE FOR TRIBAL LANDS

The White House is reviewing a final EPA Region X regulation that would for the first time implement clean air rules for all tribal lands in an entire EPA region, but the rule is facing fierce opposition from non-tribal residents who fear the measure does not guarantee them due process rights. Agency sources say they have addressed the due process concerns raised by non-tribal members by having federal, not tribal, entities take responsibility for implementing the requirements to preserve non-tribal...

ENGINE MAKERS TO PUSH FEDERAL CMAQ FUNDING FOR DIESEL RETROFITS

Engine manufacturers say they will press city planners to use federal highway funding under the Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ) program to pay for diesel retrofit projects. They argue that CMAQ is one of the few reliable sources of funding for retrofits in an era of tight budgets, and retrofits are more cost-effective than bike paths or improved public transit. Along with EPA, the industry is struggling to secure funding for voluntary retrofits that could supplement the air quality...

FEDERAL AGENCIES PURSUE NATIONAL POLICY TO REDUCE TRUCK-STOP IDLING

EPA is working with other government agencies to recommend new policies for reducing idling at truck stops in an effort to streamline what truckers now say is a confusing patchwork of regulations that differ from state to state. Idling reduction is pegged as a major environmental and energy issue, because idling trucks waste fuel and pump unnecessary pollution into the air. While the final result of these efforts is still unclear, agencies including EPA, the Department of Energy (DOE) and...

ENERGY, CONSERVATION MAY MAKE COLORADO KEY ELECTION BATTLEGROUND

Environmentalists may target Colorado as a newly emerging swing state in this year's presidential election, hoping to sway hunting and fishing groups by campaigning against the Bush administration's policies on natural resources. At the same time, environmental issues are rising to the forefront in the presidential, Senate and House races in the state, due in part to a local ballot initiative on renewable energy. The Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, one of several environmental groups active in the election, may...

INDUSTRY PREPARES TO FIGHT LANDMARK COLORADO RENEWABLE ENERGY PLAN

Colorado industry officials are planning an aggressive, multi-million dollar campaign to defeat the nation's first-ever state ballot initiative setting strict renewable energy standards, a referendum supporters and opponents agree could be the start of a successful new tactic to bypass state legislatures that oppose strict standards. State officials Aug. 17 gave final approval to a measure for Colorado's November ballot that would institute a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) forcing the state's seven largest utilities to generate 10 percent of their...

MISSOURI CITY'S VOTERS REJECT PLAN TO BUILD COAL-FIRED POWER PLANT

Voters in the Ozark Mountain city of of Springfield, MO, this month rejected a plan by its municipal utility company to build a new coal-fired power plant to satisfy the growing energy needs of the community, following a campaign launched by the local Sierra Club that urged voters to reject increased use of the fossil fuel. Though it is unusual for utilities to put such issues to a vote, some national environmental groups say the outcome illustrates the success of...

ACTIVISTS PAVE WAY FOR LITIGATION OVER STATE RULES ON 'UPSET' EMISSIONS

Environmentalists say they may file a lawsuit that could force EPA to overturn state rules on infrequent, large-scale industrial releases known as "upset" emissions, after one activist group issued a report charging that more than half of all states illegally exempt these events from enforcement under the Clean Air Act. Though the activists say that litigation could be years away, they argue they will have no choice if EPA and states do not take the initiative to regulate these emissions...

CHEMICAL INDUSTRY CITES 2003 CASE TO PUSH EPA EMISSIONS RULE DELAY

A group of chemical companies is citing the precedent set by a 2003 appellate ruling to urge EPA to delay implementation of part of a major air toxics rule and conduct an administrative review of the measure even as the agency continues settlement talks with the industry over the rule. The Aug. 11 petition, filed by Clariant America, Eastman Chemical Company and Rohm & Haas Company, asks EPA to stay the application of the leak detection and repair (LDAR) requirements...

ERRORS DELAY PUBLICATION OF MAJOR AIR TOXICS RULES BY MONTHS

Minor errors are causing lengthy delays in promulgating at least two court-ordered air toxics rules , delaying industry compliance and impeding litigation. While EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt signed both rules in February -- in time to meet the court-ordered deadlines -- the air rule for plywood manufacturers was not published until July 30 and the toxics rule for boilers has yet to be published in the Federal Register. However, EPA posted both regulations on its website and issued press releases...

EPA RELEASES GUIDE ON SIP CREDIT FOR RENEWABLE, EFFICIENCY PROJECTS

A new EPA guidance outlines how states can earn credit in their state implementation plans (SIPs) for energy-sector projects that promote renewable resources and efficiency, providing a boon for states that have been seeking ways to promote such efforts, according to state sources familiar with the Aug. 5 document. But EPA included so many quantification and analysis requirements that the guidance may actually prove to be a disincentive, according to one state source who worries that regulators may find the...

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