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INDUSTRY URGES STATE LAWMAKERS TO LIMIT OPT-OUTS FROM EPA MERCURY PLAN

Electric utility representatives are urging conservative state legislators and other state officials to prevent their states from opting out of EPA's plan to trade mercury emissions credits -- even though the agency's preferred approach allows states to do so.

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AIR OFFICE SEEKS CANCER GUIDE'S RELEASE TO ISSUE TOXICS STANDARD

EPA air officials have asked the agency's research office to finalize its draft cancer risk assessment guidelines by March 31 so the air office will not be prohibited from issuing "residual risk" air toxics standards as set out in a little-noticed provision of the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments.

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U.S. WEIGHS DELAYING METHYL BROMIDE CUTS BY TRIMMING HALON SUPPLY

The Bush administration is evaluating a plan to slow the phase-out of the controversial pesticide methyl bromide by destroying stockpiles of the ozone-depleting fire suppressant halon, a plan that proponents say could offset any harm from continued use of the pesticide, according to government and other sources.

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PAVLEY BILL SEEKS MORE INDUSTRIES, UNIFORMITY, MONEY FOR GHG REGISTRY

A bill introduced this week by Assemblywoman Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) seeks to entice more companies to participate in the state's voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) emission registry, as well as provide more uniform reporting and certification protocols between California and other states. The bill directs registry administrators to develop reporting protocols for several specific industries -- including cement production, waste hauling and petroleum/natural gas production -- and "strongly encourages" Cal/EPA and the energy commission to partially fund these efforts.

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LANDMARK ARB HARBOR CRAFT RULE PROPOSAL DRAWS INCREASING CRITICISM

Commercial fishing industry representatives and owners of tugboat and other harbor craft fleets are beginning to raise substantial objections to an evolving air board plan to reduce emissions from the boats, citing exorbitant costs and the nonexistence of pollution control technology. But air board staffers are trying to reassure the stakeholders by saying the plan is an early draft and that compliance flexibility and cost impacts will be a key part of its development.

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CRITICS: AUTOMAKER SUIT OVER GHG REG NOT RIPE, AIMED TO PREVENT SPREAD

Environmental organization lawyers and state officials say the auto industry's lawsuit filed this week against the air board to overturn its greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation is aimed at slowing momentum behind the adoption of similar rules elsewhere and to "make people nervous" in California and other states. But auto industry representatives say there is no strategy behind the timing of the lawsuit other than to defeat the regulation, which they believe is illegal on several counts and will inevitably hurt consumers.

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EPA Air Office Seeks Cancer Guide's Release To Issue Toxics Standard

EPA air officials have asked the agency's research office to complete its draft cancer risk assessment guidelines by March 31 to allow the air office to issue its "residual risk" air toxics standard in compliance with an obscure provision of the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments.

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Miners Back Call For Greenhouse Gas Limits In Bipartisan Energy Report

The United Mine Workers of America is endorsing recommendations by a bipartisan energy policy commission that call for mandatory controls on greenhouse gas emissions in conjunction with a new federal program to promote specific clean-coal technology. Sources say the endorsement may indicate growing momentum for global warming regulations, but backs policy initiatives that are less stringent than a leading climate change bill by Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT).

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Schwarzenegger Expected To Tap Air Board Chairman As New Cal/EPA Chief

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to select the state's Air Resources Board Chairman, Alan Lloyd, to be the next California environment secretary, a post left vacant by Terry Tamminen who is now serving as Schwarzenegger's cabinet secretary.

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EPA Revising Indoor Air Guide To Consider Natural Pollutants

EPA will likely amend its draft guidance on controlling contaminants that seep indoors by including data to determine pre-existing background pollution levels in assessing liability, an agency source says.

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