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RULING MAY BLOCK FUTURE CHALLENGES TO FEDERAL AIR PERMIT PROGRAMS

A federal appeals court has set what could be a decisive precedent blocking court challenges to state implementation of federal air permitting requirements by ruling that EPA decisions on whether to sanction states for inadequate program implementation are not subject to judicial review.

Environmentalists are alarmed by the decision, saying it could pave the way for future legal arguments to prevent judicial review of other EPA actions.

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ARB AGAIN DELAYS GAS-PUMP RULES BASED ON INADEQUATE TECHNOLOGY

For the second time in two years, the air board is expected to delay compliance with a sweeping regulation requiring gas station owners to reduce emissions from various fueling components, based on inadequate technology advancement. The delay, supported by petroleum companies, pushes back the hydrocarbon emission reductions the board has previously anticipated and incorporated into air plans and emission inventories. Because the board is the only regulatory agency that certifies gas pump equipment, the delay is expected to have national impacts.

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CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY BRACES FOR ARB OFF-ROAD DIESEL PM RULES

Construction and other industries that use heavy-duty diesel off-road vehicles are bracing for a forthcoming air board regulatory proposal to reduce particulate matter (PM) emissions from these fleets, which may include idling limits, accelerated fleet turnover or installation of best available control technology (BACT). Industry representatives say that if the board imposes compliance deadlines that are too strict, it may cost the state thousands of jobs and give national and international companies a significant advantage over state businesses.

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ACTIVISTS REVIEW LEGAL GROUNDS TO CHALLENGE NOAA CALFED DECISION

Environmental attorneys have labeled as "political science" the findings of a federal fisheries agency that maintains several planned CALFED projects will not harm salmon runs. Environmentalists and sportfishing groups are analyzing these findings to determine whether they have grounds for legal action to postpone the projects.

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SOUTH COAST ADVANCES DISTRIBUTED GENERATION EMISSION CAPS

Makers of distributed generation (DG) technology plan to step up efforts to dissuade the South Coast air district from advancing a set of emission limits for new DG that some critics say would essentially ban all technology other than solar-based units. After delaying the plan earlier this summer, district officials recently rejected one company's proposed intermediate nitrogen oxide (NOx) limit and is now moving forward with the controversial caps. The proposal is strongly supported by environmental groups.

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Ruling May Block Future Challenges To Federal Air Permit Programs

A federal appeals court has set what could be a decisive precedent blocking court challenges to state implementation of federal air permitting requirements by ruling that EPA decisions on whether to sanction states for inadequate program implementation are not subject to judicial review.

Environmentalists are alarmed by the decision, saying it could pave the way for future legal arguments to prevent judicial review of other EPA actions.

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Administration Backed Clean-Coal Plant May Expand Use Of Technology

A proposal by utility giant Southern Company to build a new advanced coal gasification power plant -- partially funded with more than $200 million from the Department of Energy (DOE) -- will rely on a process that could make the cutting-edge technology less expensive by using a wider variety of fuels, according to industry and other sources tracking the issue.

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Coal-Gasification Proponents Eye Novel Project For Methane Production

Energy industry officials are poised to submit, possibly this week, a permit application to Illinois for a new power plant that would produce synthetic natural gas from coal as well as generate electricity -- the first facility of its kind in over two decades and a project that is already drawing the attention of coal-state lawmakers looking for ways to boost the fuel's use.

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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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