Industry calls on Senate to support NSR changes

Oil companies and electric utilities are urging the US Senate not to challenge an effort by the US Environmental Protection Agency to revise air pollution control guidelines for power plants and refineries. EPA in June proposed revisions to the 1977 New Source Review provision of the Clean Air Act. Among the items EPA wants public comment on is a plan to draw a brighter line between routine maintenance and extensive remodeling. Repairs usually do not trigger a permit review, but extensive remodeling does. Regulators typically assume that a bigger plant means more emissions, which requires additional pollution controls (OGJ Online, July 18, 2002). Refiners and power generators say they are...

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