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CHEMICAL MAKERS CITE COURT RULING IN PUSH TO DELAY EPA AIR RULE

A group of chemical companies is citing a recent appellate ruling in urging EPA to delay implementing part of a major air toxics rule and to conduct an administrative review of the measure even as the agency continues settlement talks with industry over the rule.

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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 regulating transported pollution across states, according to a top air program official.

High-level agency officials promised several months ago that the agency 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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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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FEDERAL, STATE OFFICIALS EYE REGULATORY IMPACTS OF CO2 STORAGE

Federal and state officials are beginning to address the regulatory implications of storing, or sequestering, 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 storing 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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Federal, State Officials Eye Regulatory Implications Of Disposing CO2

Federal and state officials are beginning to address the regulatory implications of capturing and disposing, or sequestering, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by placing them underground to prevent 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.

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GOP Platform Avoids Criticizing Congress Over Clean Air Legislation

The Republican Party platform approved this week by delegates at the national convention in New York City lauds President Bush's Clear Skies legislation to address pollution from electric utilities, but makes no mention of an alternative regulatory approach that the administration has touted as necessary because the president's bill has languished for years in Congress.

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Chemical Makers Cite Court Ruling In Push To Delay EPA Air Rule

A group of chemical companies is citing an appeals court ruling last year in urging EPA to delay implementation of part of a major air toxics rule and conduct an administrative review of the measure even as the agency continues settlement talks with the industry over the rule.

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EPA Region Poised To Finalize Landmark Clean Air Rule For Tribal Lands

The White House is reviewing a final EPA Region 10 regulation that would for the first time implement clean air rules for all tribal lands in an entire EPA region, but the rule is facing fierce opposition from non-tribal residents who fear the measure does not guarantee them due process rights.

Agency sources say they have addressed the due process concerns raised by non-tribal members by having federal, not tribal, entities take responsibility for implementing the requirements to preserve non-tribal parties' due process rights.

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California To Enact Fees Funding Host Of Air Quality Programs

The California legislature late on Aug. 27 approved a bill, pushed by a broad coalition of government and industry officials and environmentalists, seeking to generate about $80 million annually through fees to fund a host of air quality programs. California EPA is a major backer of the measure and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) is expected to sign it into state law.

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REGION X POISED TO FINALIZE LANDMARK CLEAN AIR RULE FOR TRIBAL LANDS

The White House is reviewing a final EPA Region X regulation that would for the first time implement clean air rules for all tribal lands in an entire EPA region, but the rule is facing fierce opposition from non-tribal residents who fear the measure does not guarantee them due process rights.

Agency sources say they have addressed the due process concerns raised by non-tribal members by having federal, not tribal, entities take responsibility for implementing the requirements to preserve non-tribal parties' due process rights.

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