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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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EPA Cites High-Court Tobacco Ruling In Argument Against CO2 Controls

In a recent court filing arguing against carbon dioxide (CO2) emission controls, the Bush administration is citing a Supreme Court decision that found the Food and Drug Administration lacked the authority to regulate tobacco, arguing that EPA's broad statutory mandate does not allow the agency to regulate CO2. An Oct. 12 legal brief, filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in International Center for Technology Assessment et al. v. Whitman, asks the U.S.

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Pennsylvania To Be First To Include Coal Waste In Renewable Energy Plan

The Pennsylvania legislature is poised to pass the nation's first renewable portfolio standard (RPS) that would include electricity generated by fossil fuels including coal waste. Gov. Edward Rendell (D) strongly supports using coal waste as a renewable fuel and is unlikely to sign such a measure unless it is included, sources tracking the issue say.

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Delayed EPA Action Sparks Industry Fears Over Use Of Ozone-Safe Chemical

Industry says EPA's approval of a safe alternative to chemicals that pose a risk to the stratospheric ozone could be of limited benefit because the agency has failed to move quickly on delisting the substitute substance from regulation as a volatile organic compound (VOC).

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California Eyes Gas Tax To Fund Hydrogen Vehicle Initiative

A California panel of experts formed by the governor to advise the state on accelerating the commercialization of hydrogen-power 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.

In addition to funding, another key issue being considered to promote widespread use of hydrogen vehicles is standardizing the environmental permitting process for the cutting-edge technology.

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INDUSTRY STUDY SAYS EPA INTERSTATE AIR RULE TO RAISE ELECTRICITY PRICES

A new analysis by industry consultants of EPA's proposal to reduce interstate air pollution caused by power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides shows the rule would make electricity prices rise 25 percent by 2010 and an additional 10 percent by 2015.

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WISCONSIN ACTIVISTS SEEK TOUGHEST-EVER BACT LIMITS FOR NEW COAL PLANT

Wisconsin environmentalists are pressing the state's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to require a proposed 500-megawatt, coal-fired power plant to meet clean air standards for nitrogen oxide (NOx) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) far lower than mandated in permits before.

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DELAY IN EPA VOC DECISION MAY HAMPER USE OF LESS-HARMFUL OZONE CHEMICAL

EPA's delay in exempting a chemical from regulation as a volatile organic compound (VOC) may delay widespread use of the substance in a slew of ground-level ozone nonattainment areas -- even though EPA just approved it as an alternative to a chemical recently banned for depleting the stratospheric ozone layer, EPA and industry sources say.

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CORPORATE TAX BILL PROVIDES INCENTIVES FOR MEETING EPA DIESEL RULE

Small oil refiners would be provided tax breaks to comply with EPA regulations capping the sulfur content of diesel fuel used by trucks through a provision included in a major corporate tax bill that President Bush is expected to soon sign into law.

The tax credits have long been sought by petroleum refiners, who say the costly new EPA rule is hurting small refiners' ability to compete in the marketplace.

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DOJ SUIT COULD SIGNAL BROADER USE OF CLEAN AIR ACT'S CRIMINAL PENALTIES

The Justice Department's (DOJ) high-profile prosecution of a New Jersey pipe manufacturer for alleged criminal violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and other environmental laws could signal broader DOJ use of criminal prosecutions under the air law, industry and government attorneys say.

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