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Report Cites Katrina In Urging Insurers To Reduce Climate Change Risks

A coalition of investment funds and environmentalists is citing the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in a report to insurers on the economic costs of climate change, in an attempt to pressure companies to reduce greenhouse gases. The group argues that it makes good business sense for insurers to assess the financial risks of climate change, and that current climate trends are driving up insurance policy premiums and will eventually limit the availability of coverage.

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EPA Advisers Raise Concern Over Air Impacts Of Hurricane Sediment

EPA's science advisers are raising concerns that dust generated by contaminated sediment left behind by New Orleans floodwaters could pose public health threats.

As a result, members of a special Science Advisory Board (SAB) workgroup are urging the agency to develop a plan for monitoring air particles from sediment dust, which the agency could use to issue public health warnings and determine when people could move back into flooded residential areas of the city.

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GLOBAL WARMING SUIT HIGHLIGHTS APPEALS COURTS' SPLITS ON STANDING

A federal judge's recent decision allowing environmentalists and cities to sue U.S. export agencies over their failure to consider the global warming impacts of their decisions is highlighting a split in the appellate circuits over when plaintiffs have standing to sue in cases where defendants failed to follow procedural rules, according to legal experts. The experts say these differences between appellate courts could be the basis for parties to seek Supreme Court review on the issue.

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STATES BLAST EPA PLAN ON AIR VIOLATIONS CAUSED BY 'NATURAL EVENTS'

States are criticizing a newly drafted EPA plan to account for particulate matter (PM) and other air quality violations caused by forest fires and other acts of nature, saying the agency has ignored a detailed set of recommendations from Western states.

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KEY GOP SENATOR EYES HEARING TO CHALLENGE NEW ROUND OF PM RULES

Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) is planning a hearing within weeks to raise concerns about EPA's possible issuance of new, more stringent particulate matter (PM) standards in December, according to a Republican source.

The senator could also use the hearing as an opportunity to reiterate his support for the Bush administration's Clear Skies legislation as an alternative to stricter PM standards, by repeating his previous arguments that the bill would help many areas substantially reduce PM pollution.

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GAS STATIONS SPLIT WITH BIG OIL IN SEEKING BROADER EPA CLEAN-FUEL WAIVER

Gas station operators are opposing big oil companies and refiners by urging EPA to expand a clean-fuel waiver issued last week in response to fuel disruptions in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Concerned about rising gasoline prices and waning sales, the gas station operators are renewing a long-standing push by asking that EPA waive nationwide its gasoline requirements for smog-ridden areas. But oil companies, who have long been wary of such a waiver, say the push would result in market disturbances that could further contribute to fuel disruptions.

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INDUSTRY GROUPS TAKE EPA TO COURT OVER REGIONAL HAZE RULE

Industry groups representing coal producers and utilities are suing EPA over its recently finalized rule that seeks to limit regional haze, arguing it is too stringent and allows states to regulate facilities that are not proven contributors to haze.

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SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY DISTRICT RECONSIDERS EXPENSIVE WINERY CONTROLS

The San Joaquin Valley air district, home to some of California's largest wineries, has agreed to consider less expensive ways to reduce ozone-forming emissions at the vineyards than those outlined in a draft rule, which could have set a national precedent requiring each fermenter to be retrofitted with expensive control devices.

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Correction

In the Aug. 26 issue, an article about a Department of Pesticide Regulation environmental justice project incorrectly stated that DPR is monitoring for 21 pesticides, while the Air Resources Board is monitoring for three. DPR is monitoring for 26 pesticides and ARB is monitoring for nine, including sulfur, according to DPR. The story also incorrectly characterized the opinion of sources on the local advisory group as the group's official position.

Source: Inside Cal/EPA via InsideEPA.com

Issue: Vol. 16, No. 36

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ARB REJECTS RELAXING CLEAN DIESEL REGS DESPITE TRUCKER OUTCRY

Despite a trucking industry plea this week to the governor, air board officials say they have no plan to ease the state's clean-diesel fuel regulations, even with record-high prices and very tight supplies being exacerbated by Hurricane Katrina. Trucking industry representatives are blasting the air board position, saying that a recent emergency U.S. EPA waiver of its diesel fuel sulfur limit shows that such a move would help increase supply and keep prices from further skyrocketing.

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