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ACTIVISTS CRITICIZE EPA PLAN FOR FACILITY WAIVERS IN RESIDUAL RISK RULE

EPA air office efforts to exempt low-risk industrial facilities from a new round of air toxics controls are facing criticism from environmentalists, who say the Clean Air Act does not allow the agency to provide site-specific exemptions.

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OBSERVERS QUESTION VOINOVICH DEADLINE FOR NEGOTIATING CLEAR SKIES DEAL

Sen. George Voinovich's (R-OH) vow to give competing sides six months to negotiate a compromise on President Bush's controversial Clear Skies proposal is being rejected by a wide range of observers, who say competing groups are unlikely to narrow their long-standing differences over carbon dioxide (CO2) controls, as well as contentious provisions in the bill.

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PACT MAY HELP ACTIVISTS FIGHT RESULTS OF EPA STUDY ON CAFO EMISSIONS

A recent settlement between environmentalists and a major poultry producer will provide activists detailed data on toxic agricultural emissions, which they could use to challenge the results of a study EPA will conduct as part of its controversial safe harbor agreement with concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

EPA officials say they may use the results of their study to determine whether CAFO emissions can be exempted from permit requirements under the Clean Air Act.

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SOUTH COAST REMOTE SENSING PLAN TO NAB VEHICLES DRAWS ARB IRE

Air board officials are objecting to a plan by the South Coast air district to launch a program to nab high-polluting vehicles with roadside remote sensing devices, and direct their owners to scrap or fix the vehicles to pass inspection. State officials say the South Coast plan is premature, in part because they intend to begin this summer an unprecedented research project into remote sensing technology to determine its effectiveness.

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BP DENIES CHARGES IN GROWING SOUTH COAST ACTION SEEKING $597 MILLION

BP continues to deny any wrongdoing in a ballooning South Coast air district legal action against the petroleum company that now seeks an unprecedented $597 million in fines. The district alleges in a second lawsuit filed last week that the company is violating "thousands" of emission control rules at its Carson refinery.

"We take these [charges] extremely seriously, but we respectfully disagree with the allegations, in terms of how we conduct our operations," said a BP spokesman this week.

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ENGINE MAKERS TO SEEK DELAY OF ARB HEAVY-DUTY DIESEL OBD RULE

Heavy-duty diesel engine makers are expected to seek a delay or relaxation of a draft air board regulation requiring 2010 engines to meet advanced on-board diagnostic (OBD) specifications that improve emission controls. The engine makers say they are already burdened with meeting new state and national 2007 engine emission standards, and the air board should seek harmony with a federal OBD rule being developed that would kick in later.

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SOUTH COAST FLEET-RULE WAIVER ALL BUT DEAD FOLLOWING EPA REVIEW

It appears unlikely the air board will seek a waiver from U.S. EPA to allow the reinstatement of controversial South Coast air district "clean fuel fleet" rules that were shot down last year by the Supreme Court. In a win for the diesel engine and vehicle industry, EPA officials told state board staffers there are at least three conditions that must be met for the rules to potentially qualify for a federal waiver -- one of which could take up to five years to meet and would essentially defeat the purpose of the effort.

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SAN JOAQUIN RULE TO CHARGE DEVELOPERS POLLUTION FEE BOGS DOWN

A landmark San Joaquin Valley air district regulation that would establish an "indirect source" fee on developers of new residential, commercial and industrial units to mitigate pollution has bogged down over technical, legal and political reasons, according to sources. Officials recently decided to carve out the residential portion of the rule and proceed with it first, putting off the provisions for commercial and industrial development, according to a district official.

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Maryland Lawmakers Push Power Plant Bills In Advance Of Clear Skies

Maryland lawmakers plan to introduce legislation in the coming week that would impose emission restrictions on four pollutants from power plants in advance of the Bush administration's Clear Skies legislation. A number of states have voiced concerns that the federal legislation could make it more difficult for local authorities to establish their own air quality requirements, and the Maryland legislation is intended to establish state standards before Congress enacts the Bush administration's legislative plan.Maryland Del. James Hubbard (D) and Sen.

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ACTIVISTS CRITICIZE EPA PLAN FOR FACILITY WAIVERS IN RESIDUAL RISK RULE

EPA air office plans for exempting low-risk industrial facilities from a new round of air toxics controls is facing criticism from environmentalists, who say the Clean Air Act does not allow the agency to provide site-specific exemptions.

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