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PACT WITH OIL COMPANY MAY HELP EPA DEVELOP GUIDE ON 'UPSET' EMISSIONS

EPA and the petrochemical company Flint Hills Resources (FHR) have agreed to develop and evaluate strategies for curtailing so-called "upset" emissions, in what agency and company sources say could lead to guidance to minimize such emissions from petroleum refineries and other industrial facilities.

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EPA WORKING WITH STATES, INDUSTRY TO IMPROVE EMISSIONS ESTIMATES

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known as emissions factors, which are often the basis for air permit limits but are widely criticized as inaccurate and outdated.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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ENVIRONMENTALISTS SAY AEP PROPOSAL WILL BOOST COAL GASIFICATION

Environmentalists say a pledge by American Electric Power (AEP) that it will build at least one coal gasification power plant within the next decade may provide critics of proposed traditional coal-fired plants ammunition in pressing regulators to require the utility industry to consider the newer technology.

An August announcement by the company suggests the cost of building gasification projects could be less than the estimated cost of one such plan rejected last year by Wisconsin regulators on cost grounds, one environmentalist says.

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PETROLEUM INDUSTRY SEEKS EPA HELP IN MEETING DIESEL FUEL STANDARDS

Petroleum industry groups are engaged in discussion with EPA about how to meet huge technical obstacles to transporting clean fuel under a pending highway diesel standard, with sources saying they may urge EPA to offer incentives or use enforcement discretion if the industry falls short of the mark.

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EPA MODELING CITES BENEFITS OF MERCURY TRADING IN INTERSTATE AIR RULE

EPA will soon unveil long-awaited modeling data on the combined impact of the administration's controversial mercury emissions plan and the "co-benefits" resulting from the agency's rule on pollution transported across states, according to a top air program official.

High-level agency officials promised several months ago that EPA would conduct additional research on the mercury rule, but until now they have not elaborated on what that research might entail.

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FEDERAL, STATE OFFICIALS EYE REGULATORY IMPACTS OF CO2 STORAGE

Federal and state officials are beginning to consider the regulatory implications of storing carbon dioxide (CO2) underground to address global warming, with EPA forming a new workgroup on the issue and energy-producing states developing recommendations on potential state regulatory changes, according to government sources.

Although research on sequestering CO2 is at an early stage, government-sponsored projects are moving toward injecting small quantities of CO2 underground to study its effects and scientists' ability to track the materials, federal officials say.

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ACTIVISTS SAY SENATORS' REMARKS SHOW MOMENTUM FOR CLIMATE BILL

Environmentalists say recent remarks by two Republican senators who had voted against legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions may show increasing support for such measures, after the lawmakers cited the need to address global warming while on a fact-finding trip to Norway on climate change.

"I voted against it, but I am more open to voting differently now," said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), one of the lawmakers on the trip, according to a translation of an Aug. 23 Norwegian press report. A call to Graham's office was not returned.

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KERRY COAL PLAN TARGETS KEY STATES, SEEKS CLIMATE CHANGE COMPROMISE

Sen. John Kerry's (D-MA) campaign proposal to boost clean coal is seeking to convey a more activist position on climate change than President Bush, while simultaneously assuring coal states that Kerry would favor low-emission coal technologies and only modest regulatory measures to curb global warming, environmentalists and industry observers say.

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GROUPS ASK DOI TO INTERVENE ON BEHALF OF NATIONAL PARK'S AIR QUALITY

Environmentalists and an outdoor recreation group have filed an unusual petition with the Department of the Interior (DOI) in an attempt to force EPA and the state of Colorado to reduce air pollution at one of the nation's most popular outdoor attractions, Rocky Mountain National Park. Demanding a variety of federal and state regulatory actions, the groups are also criticizing a voluntary plan to reduce ozone in the Denver area as insufficient to protect the park.

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KEY SCIENTIFIC PANEL'S NSR REVIEW HAMPERED BY LACK OF HARD DATA

A key scientific panel is struggling to gather quantitative data detailing the new source review (NSR) air permitting program's impacts on the electric utility industry, causing frustration just weeks before the panel begins to develop preliminary conclusions about how the controversial NSR reforms are affecting air quality and public health, sources say.

"There has not been a lot of effort to collect and analyze the kind of data [the committee is] looking for," a source close to the study says.

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