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10/27/2003
NSR reformI'd like to offer another perspective on NSR reform. You call "nonsense" the claim that the proposed reform is an environmental defeat, because the NSR program was broken and needed fixing, and because air quality is improving across the country. I certainly agree that the past situation, when it was unclear what would trigger new source performance reviews and pollution control upgrades, was a problem that needed fixing. However, when the Clean Air Act was first passed, exemptions were granted to existing plants in anticipation that they would either be retired within a relatively short time, or upgraded, triggering new controls. Instead, the two-tier system whereby new pla...
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