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SWEEPING NEW EPA PROPOSAL FOR PARK AIR RULES TO END 'INCREMENTS'

EPA is proposing to abolish local emissions limits known as 'increments' as one option in a sweeping new proposal to overhaul the way the agency sets pollution limits in its prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) permit program, which covers national parks and other areas attaining air quality standards. The option, one of several in the new proposal, would set up nationwide or regional cap-and-trade programs in lieu of the increments.

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INDUSTRY ARGUES FOR CLIMATE TECHNOLOGY EFFORT INSTEAD OF RULES

An industry trade group is calling for a global effort to promote the development of new technologies that address greenhouse gas emissions, as an alternative to mandatory emissions reduction programs that the group considers costly and ineffectual.

The report also indicates that EPA may have a role to play in crafting effective regulations for new innovations, such as nanotechnology, that may emerge as a way to curb these emissions.

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INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE STUDY EXAMINES FEASIBILITY OF CO2 STORAGE

An upcoming report being developed by an international panel of experts may suggest it is possible to capture and store significant quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) as a way to curb climate change, without creating unmanageable environmental risks.

But the report being developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) may also identify significant challenges for regulators, as well as gaps in the current legal and regulatory framework for such practices.

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WHITE HOUSE AGREES TO INCLUDE CLIMATE CHANGE MEASURES IN EPA REPORT

The White House has agreed to allow inclusion of three measures for evaluating the effectiveness of EPA climate change policies in the agency's upcoming report on the state of the environment. The move reflects a reversal from several years ago when the administration excluded any greenhouse gas references from an earlier version of the report.

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STATES' CLIMATE MODEL SUGGESTS EFFICIENCY MAY LIMIT COSTS, LEAKAGE

New modeling data on New England's upcoming greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program suggests that major energy efficiency efforts could allow for a modest carbon dioxide (CO2) cap at very little cost to the economy, while also minimizing concerns about emissions "leakage" to other parts of the country, sources familiar with the modeling say.

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Senate Clean Air Chairman Seeks Distance From Inhofe Inquiry Of State Group

Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH), the chairman of the Senate clean air subcommittee, appears to be distancing himself from an inquiry by environment committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK) into the finances of a group representing state air officials that opposes the Bush administration's Clear Skies utility emissions proposal.

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Industry Study Pushes Global Technology Rather Than CO2 Regulations

An industry trade group is calling for a global effort to promote the development of new technologies that address greenhouse gas emissions, as an alternative to mandatory emissions reduction programs that the group considers costly and ineffectual. The report also indicates that EPA may have a role to play in crafting effective regulations for new innovations, such as nanotechnology, that may emerge as a way to curb these emissions.

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Data Show Minimal Costs From New England's CO2 Cap-And-Trade Program

New modeling data on New England's upcoming greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program suggest that major energy efficiency efforts could allow for a modest carbon dioxide (CO2) cap at very little cost to the economy, while also minimizing concerns about emissions "leakage" to other parts of the country, sources familiar with the modeling say.

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FERC Push For Low-Cost Energy May Benefit Environment

A proposal by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for expanded authority to require electricity utilities to use the lowest-cost power generation could result in environmental benefits in some areas of the country, as well as reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, according to industry officials and environmentalists.

But one environmentalist says more analysis is needed to determine whether the additional authority would boost use of older coal-fired plants or result in cleaner sources of energy.

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Western States Hope To Minimize Impact Of Court Ruling On Regional Haze

Western state officials are trying to assess whether they can minimize the impact of a recent federal court ruling that may invalidate an emissions trading program for several western states designed to improve visibility.

A source with the Western Governors' Association (WGA) says there is some discussion underway on whether it might be possible for states or EPA provide additional analysis to bolster the legal basis for the trading program.

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