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Bill on Industrial Emissions Changes Gets EPA Air Chief’s Support

May 16, 2018, 4:41 PM

Legislation that would affect how industrial facilities’ emissions increases are calculated now has the backing of the top EPA air official, despite the agency’s efforts to also pursue regulation.

“The administration didn’t have an official position on the bill. I, personally, strongly support the discussion draft,” William Wehrum, EPA assistant administrator for air and radiation, told the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment.

The panel is holding a hearing to discuss the draft legislation, which would revise the air pollution permitting program known as New Source Review.

Under this program, facilities such as coal-fired power plants ...