OGJ Editorial: The NSR trap

An environmental trap set during the administration of former US President Bill Clinton has been sprung by the politics of midterm elections. Refiners are caught in the snare.Especially in its second term, the Clinton administration implemented and enforced environmental regulations with escalating zeal. Now, as the administration of George W. Bush tries to restore reason, supporters of the old team complain that environmental progress is being thrown into reverse. With the approach of this week's voting, the complaining has become shrill.Changes suggestedThe core issue is the New Source Review (NSR) program established by the Clean Air Act. The program requires permits for new statio...

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