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Industry Eyes Possible Fixes To EPA Implementation Of New Ozone Standards

Industry officials are preparing to ask EPA to make a series of fixes that would likely ease requirements for complying with the agency's strict new ozone standard, according to an internal industry e-mail.

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Democrats Eye Budget 'Rider' For EPA To Conduct Study On Mercury Rule

Congressional Democrats are considering plans to attach a legislative rider to EPA's upcoming budget bill that would force the agency to conduct studies on its controversial mercury emissions plan that top officials have so far declined to conduct.

One House Democratic source says the rider would not ban EPA from finalizing its mercury trading proposal -- a plan critics say would delay adequate reductions for too long -- but would instead earmark funding which the agency would be required to use to conduct analysis of more stringent mercury emissions proposals.

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DOD OBJECTS TO STRINGENT COLORADO INDOOR AIR STANDARDS FOR TCE

The Defense Department is calling Colorado's decision to adopt a stringent indoor air policy for trichloroethylene (TCE) premature, pointing to the unresolved controversy over the scientific values on which the state bases its screening and remediation policy.

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OIL INDUSTRY SEEKS TO DOWNPLAY RISKS OF VAPOR INTRUSION IN EPA GUIDE

The oil industry is developing recommendations on assessing petroleum-associated air toxics risks in an effort to downplay EPA risk estimates in a forthcoming agency guidance on how to limit indoor air contamination caused by leaking underground storage tanks (USTs).

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NCSL ENVIRONMENT PANEL CHIEF FACES OPPOSITION TO CLEAN AIR PLANS

Maryland State Del. Jim Hubbard (D), the recently appointed chairman of the National Conference of State Legislatures's (NCSL) environment committee, is facing tough industry opposition to his plans for the group to formally oppose the Bush administration's air quality initiatives.

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PETROLEUM INDUSTRY SEEKS EPA HELP IN MEETING DIESEL FUEL STANDARDS

Petroleum industry groups and EPA are discussing how the industry can overcome significant technical obstacles to transporting clean fuel under a pending highway diesel standard, with sources saying the industry may urge EPA to offer incentives or use enforcement discretion if the industry falls short of the mark.

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EPA WORKING WITH STATES, INDUSTRY TO IMPROVE EMISSIONS ESTIMATES

U.S. EPA has launched initiatives with industry and states to improve pollution estimates, known as emissions factors, which are often the basis for air permit limits, but are widely criticized as inaccurate and outdated. But environmentalists are wary of EPA's effort to build "partnerships" with industry groups to promote research on improving the data in the absence of government funding. They are also skeptical about the agency's plan to develop rules or guidance for states on how to use emissions factors in permits.

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OIL INDUSTRY SEEKS EPA HELP TO MEET UPCOMING CLEAN-DIESEL STANDARD

Petroleum industry groups are in discussions with U.S. EPA about overcoming what the groups say are technical obstacles to transporting fuel that complies with an upcoming standard for cleaner burning highway diesel fuel. Sources say the industry may urge EPA to offer incentives or use its enforcement discretion if fuel suppliers fall short of the new requirements.

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ARB TO CHARGE LARGE STATIONARY SOURCES ADDITIONAL $2.6 MILLION

Air Resources Board staff is proposing regulations to implement an additional $2.6 million in fees this fiscal year on large stationary sources to fund programs whose general funding has been cut over the past two years. The $2.6 million approved in the recently adopted Fiscal Year (FY) 2004-05 budget adds to $17.4 million approved in the FY 2003-04 budget. The $17.4 million applies not only to large stationary sources emitting more than 250 tons per year of pollution, but also on consumer products and architectural coatings.

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ARB MAY SEEK L.A. CLEAN FLEET EXEMPTION UNDER EXISTING EPA WAIVERS

Air Resources Board officials may seek to legalize the South Coast air district's partially voided clean-fleet rules by asking U.S. EPA to include them in existing waivers granted to ARB by EPA for other Clean Air Act exemptions, such as for state rules cracking down on heavy-duty vehicle emissions, according to a district source.

ARB would seek public comment on its potential proposal before petitioning EPA, said the district source.

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