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Senator Tells EPA To Accept Company's Data Challenge To Ozone Plans

Ohio Republican Sen. George Voinovich is urging EPA to accept a data quality challenge to several state ozone reduction plans made by a paint company in his home state, in a fight that could shape how the controversial Information Quality Act applies to state regulations.

The senator is asking the agency to "review the sufficiency of data" that were used to call for the emission cuts, which the company criticizes as too steep.

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BARTON DROPPING ENERGY BILL FOCUS FOR CLEAN AIR ACT REAUTHORIZATION

Unable to push comprehensive energy legislation through Congress, a frustrated Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, says he will turn his attention in the next congressional session from the comprehensive energy bill to the Clean Air Act, which has been expired for years.

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KEY SENATOR PRODS EPA TO ACCEPT PAINT INDUSTRY PROTEST OF OZONE PLANS

Republican Sen. George Voinovich (OH) is urging EPA to act on a Ohio-based paint company's data quality challenge to several state ozone reduction plans, asking the agency to "review the sufficiency of data" used to call for much more dramatic emissions cuts than the company claims are necessary.

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EPA DELAYS RELEASE OF MERCURY RULE RE-ANALYSIS UNTIL AFTER ELECTION

EPA is delaying until after the presidential election the release of its highly anticipated and politically charged re-analysis of the Bush administration's mercury emissions proposal, EPA sources say.

EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt this summer promised that EPA would release additional research on the mercury rule in late September, including new modeling data on the effects of the mercury proposal combined with the pending Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR).

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TENNESSEE POLL SHOWS KERRY NOT SCORING POINTS ON BUSH NSR POLICY

A new poll of likely voters found Tennesseans overwhelmingly support the new source review (NSR) power plant pollution policy favored by Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, but less than half know Kerry is advocating that approach -- and 15 percent wrongly attributed the policy to President Bush, who has made the program more flexible for utilities.

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Industry Raises Data Quality Concerns Over 'Residual Risk' Air Rule

Industry groups are questioning the scientific analyses EPA used in proposing its first "residual risk" air toxics standard, saying the agency may have violated data guidelines under the Information Quality Act. The proposed rule addresses air emissions from coke oven batteries, and could set a precedent for the way EPA develops similar requirements for a host of major industries.

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Tennessee Poll Shows Bush May Benefit From NSR Confusion

A new poll of likely Tennessee voters found overwhelmingly support for the new source review (NSR) power plant pollution policy favored by Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, but less than half know Kerry is advocating that approach -- and 15 percent wrongly attributed the policy to President Bush, who has granted utilities greater flexibility under the program.

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EPA Delays Release Of Mercury Rule Reassessment Until After Election

EPA is delaying until after the presidential election the release of its highly anticipated and politically charged reanalysis of the Bush administration's mercury emissions proposal, agency sources say.

EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt this summer pledged the agency would release additional research on the mercury rule in late September, including new modeling data on the effects of the mercury proposal combined with its pending Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR).

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CALIFORNIA EYES GAS TAX TO FUND HYDROGEN VEHICLE INITIATIVE

A California panel of experts formed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) to advise the state on accelerating the commercialization of hydrogen-powered vehicles is expected to recommend a new gasoline tax to pay for the project. The proposal is likely to be controversial but could end up in legislation being developed for introduction next year by the California Environmental Protection Agency.

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OREGON TO TAKE NEXT STEP IN WEST COAST GREENHOUSE GAS STRATEGY

An Oregon strategy to reduce the state's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the electric and transportation sectors, setting emissions targets and developing a carbon dioxide allowance system, is the next step in a regional approach to address climate change developed by the three West Coast governors, informed state government sources say.

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