Watching Government: Fuel answers

US federal regulators expect a record number of local and state governments to be in violation of federal clean air guidelines because of new ground-level ozone standards.In 1997 the US Environmental Protection Agency revised the ozone standard to 0.08 ppm averaged over 8 hr, strengthening the previous standard (0.12 ppm averaged over 1 hr). Industry unsuccessfully argued to EPA and later to federal judges that the rule was neither cost-effective nor scientifically sound. And now companies may see their real fears come to pass: that the narrower standards could mean a new round of pollution controls nearly anywhere there is a refinery or power plant. Under federal clean air rules, states ...

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