EPA streamlines plant review process

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a program to streamline and simplify the process of determining which new and modified industrial facilities must be reviewed for significant environmental effect. EPA said the proposal will halve the paperwork process of issuing air emission permits under the New Source Review (NSR) program, saving industry and states more than $13 million/year in administrative costs while still ensuring environmental protection. Administrator Carol M. Browner said, "The proposal will protect public health while providing state governments and industry with greater flexibility, speedier air emissions permits, and increased incentives for use of i...

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