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NCSL ENVIRONMENT PANEL CHIEF FACES OPPOSITION TO CLEAN AIR PLANS

Maryland State Del. Jim Hubbard (D), the recently appointed chairman of the National Conference of State Legislatures's (NCSL) environment committee, is facing tough industry opposition to his plans for the group to formally oppose the Bush administration's air quality initiatives.

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PETROLEUM INDUSTRY SEEKS EPA HELP IN MEETING DIESEL FUEL STANDARDS

Petroleum industry groups and EPA are discussing how the industry can overcome significant technical obstacles to transporting clean fuel under a pending highway diesel standard, with sources saying the industry may urge EPA to offer incentives or use enforcement discretion if the industry falls short of the mark.

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EPA WORKING WITH STATES, INDUSTRY TO IMPROVE EMISSIONS ESTIMATES

U.S. EPA has launched initiatives with industry and states to improve pollution estimates, known as emissions factors, which are often the basis for air permit limits, but are widely criticized as inaccurate and outdated. But environmentalists are wary of EPA's effort to build "partnerships" with industry groups to promote research on improving the data in the absence of government funding. They are also skeptical about the agency's plan to develop rules or guidance for states on how to use emissions factors in permits.

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OIL INDUSTRY SEEKS EPA HELP TO MEET UPCOMING CLEAN-DIESEL STANDARD

Petroleum industry groups are in discussions with U.S. EPA about overcoming what the groups say are technical obstacles to transporting fuel that complies with an upcoming standard for cleaner burning highway diesel fuel. Sources say the industry may urge EPA to offer incentives or use its enforcement discretion if fuel suppliers fall short of the new requirements.

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ARB TO CHARGE LARGE STATIONARY SOURCES ADDITIONAL $2.6 MILLION

Air Resources Board staff is proposing regulations to implement an additional $2.6 million in fees this fiscal year on large stationary sources to fund programs whose general funding has been cut over the past two years. The $2.6 million approved in the recently adopted Fiscal Year (FY) 2004-05 budget adds to $17.4 million approved in the FY 2003-04 budget. The $17.4 million applies not only to large stationary sources emitting more than 250 tons per year of pollution, but also on consumer products and architectural coatings.

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ARB MAY SEEK L.A. CLEAN FLEET EXEMPTION UNDER EXISTING EPA WAIVERS

Air Resources Board officials may seek to legalize the South Coast air district's partially voided clean-fleet rules by asking U.S. EPA to include them in existing waivers granted to ARB by EPA for other Clean Air Act exemptions, such as for state rules cracking down on heavy-duty vehicle emissions, according to a district source.

ARB would seek public comment on its potential proposal before petitioning EPA, said the district source.

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OIL INDUSTRY BALKS AT SOUTH COAST FLARE EMISSION REDUCTION PLAN

Oil industry representatives are opposing South Coast air district plans to craft regulatory amendments requiring flare emission reductions at refineries and other facilities, arguing that voluntary efforts have significantly reduced the pollution and that further controls are unnecessary and carry unacceptable costs. The industry's opposition may complicate or draw out district efforts to craft the regulatory amendments, despite the release of a new report that shows the flares result in substantial emissions of sulfur oxides (SOx).

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INDUSTRY WARNS ARB FARMERS READY TO 'COME UNGLUED' OVER SB 700

Dairy industry representatives warned air board staff last week that farmers are poised to "come unglued" over staff's forthcoming decisions to subject large confined animal facilities (CAFs) to first-time permits and pollution control measures. Staff is collecting input from industry in its effort to define large CAFs by next summer, as required by a controversial 2003 law that lifted a decades-old Clean Air Act regulatory exemption for California agriculture facilities.

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Senate Staff Eye Broad Tax Bill As New Vehicle To Renew Wind Energy Credits

Democratic and Republican staff in the Senate say renewal of a wind energy tax credit could be approved as part of catch-all tax code extension legislation if Congress fails to adopt comprehensive energy legislation or an export tax reform bill that both include the wind provisions.

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PORT POLLUTION BILL SEEN AS ENVIRONMENTAL TEST FOR SCHWARZENEGGER

The California Legislature's just-passed bill that seeks to freeze air emissions from two ports presents Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) with a stark choice between siding with environmentalists who support the measure, or with a long list of business groups that oppose it.

Some Schwarzenegger administration officials have voiced opposition to the bill, but sources say the governor has not yet indicated his stance on the legislation.

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