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CRITICS OF INTERNATIONAL CLEAN AIR PACT TARGET STATE MERCURY PLAN

Anti-regulatory groups are considering filing a court challenge to strict new mercury emission limits recently adopted by Massachusetts, arguing that the standards are based on an international agreement between Northeast states and Canadian provinces that these groups say is unconstitutional.

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Massachusetts Mercury Rule May Prompt Legal Challenge To International Pacts

Anti-regulatory groups are considering filing a court challenge to strict new mercury emission limits recently adopted by Massachusetts, arguing that the standards are based on an international agreement between Northeast states and Canadian provinces that these groups say is unconstitutional.

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS SAY GAO FACA ETHICS RECOMMENDATIONS FALL SHORT

Environmentalists are criticizing a new General Accounting Office (GAO) report that recommends tightening guidelines for appointing members to federal advisory committees to better insure their independence. Activists say GAO focused too much on process and "didn't get to the heart" of the real problems of balance and conflict of interest.

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ACTIVISTS, INDUSTRY BOOST USE OF COAL GASIFICATION AT POWER PLANTS

Environmentalists and industry officials are intensifying their push to boost the use of advanced coal gasification at new coal-fired power plants, with environmentalists citing a new legal analysis that says permitting authorities must consider the technology to curb global warming, and industry increasingly touting the technology's benefits.

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FAITH GROUPS EXPAND GREEN ADVOCACY, TARGET SENATE FOR CLIMATE VOTE

Religious leaders are mobilizing their communities from the grassroots to the national level to pressure the Senate to reopen debate on the McCain-Lieberman climate change bill, marking the newest campaign in faith groups' efforts to frame environmentalism as a moral issue. In addition, they say they might personally try to sway President Bush on the issue.

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EPA To Include Climate Change In Next State-Of-Environment Report

EPA is planning to address global climate change in its next report on the state of the environment, a key agency official says.

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CONSERVATIVES FORM COALITION TO COUNTER ENVIRONMENTALISTS

Free-market advocates have formed a new coalition to counter environmentalists and their Democratic allies in the election campaign. The move suggests that Republicans worried about the proliferation of anti-Bush campaign groups are developing parallel efforts to support the president, especially as federal election officials have declined to financially restrict these groups.

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BUSH CAMPAIGN DOCUMENT SEEN AS CRITICIZING EPA MERCURY PLAN

A yet-to-be-released Bush campaign document, obtained by Inside Washington Publishers, appears to side with lawmakers from Eastern and Midwestern states in their criticism of EPA's cap-and-trade mercury control plan for utilities.

The document also criticizes Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), the likely Democratic presidential nominee, for supporting strict clean air mandates for reducing mercury emissions that the document claims will harm Eastern and Midwestern coal producers. Relevant documents are available on InsideEPA.com.

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GROUPS CITE CLIMATE MOVIE TO PUSH SENATE GREENHOUSE GAS BILL

With support from former Vice President Al Gore, environmental groups are hoping to increase public pressure for passage of the McCain-Lieberman greenhouse gas bill in concert with the upcoming premiere of a climate change disaster movie, "The Day After Tomorrow."

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CLIMATE CHANGE POSES POLITICAL CHALLENGE FOR NORTHEAST GOP

As efforts to address climate change gain bipartisan steam in the Northeast, Republican state administrations are increasingly trying to take the lead on the controversial environmental issue without alienating the White House and conservatives who oppose mandatory greenhouse gas controls.

In recent weeks, officials in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts -- three states with Republican governors -- have passed legislation to reduce greenhouse gases and implemented executive climate change programs.

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