States, cities sue over NSR clean-air rule exemptions

11/03/2003
Thirteen states, mainly in the US Northeast, and several cities Oct. 27 fulfilled their promise to sue the US Environmental Protection Agency over its latest efforts to streamline clean air rules governing refineries and power plants.EPA's revisions to its New Source Review program make it easier for older industrial plants to replace equipment without installing modern pollution controls. Under the 1977 NSR program, refiners were typically told to install new emission-control equipment whenever a facility was expanded or remodeled. But over the years, the agency and industry often disagreed on what should trigger permit changes.In an industry-supported move, EPA took final action in ...
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