US appeals court blocks EPA's revised NSR rule

01/12/2004
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Dec. 24 blocked a new US Environmental Protection Agency rule designed to let refiners and power generators make certain plant repairs without obtaining new clean air permits.Responding to a lawsuit filed by several northeastern states, the court temporarily stopped the agency from expanding exemptions for routine maintenance repair and replacement included in EPA's 17-year-old New Source Review program. EPA finalized the changes last summer (OGJ Online, Oct. 28, 2003).The court this fall is expected to hold a hearing on the disputed rule; EPA had originally scheduled the regulation to go into effect Dec. 26. In issuing the ...
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