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Air Pollution Permit Memo Will Speed Expansion, Industry Says

March 14, 2018, 2:02 PM

Easing air pollution permitting reviews will jump start industrial expansion projects that would have been stalled or dropped previously, the EPA and industry groups said.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s memo, released March 13, changes how industries calculate whether increases in air pollution resulting from their construction projects will trigger an EPA permitting program called new source review. The changes will let some businesses avoid installing new pollution controls that would have hindered their plans to build new facilities or expand existing operations.

“It’s actually going to be a useful memo,” Eric Hiser, an environmental ...