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EPA Drops Toxic Pollutant Policy It Called Burden to Business (Corrected)

Jan. 25, 2018, 11:14 PMUpdated: Jan. 25, 2018, 11:55 PM

Industrial facilities that reduce their ability to emit toxic air pollutants will be exempted from some requirements to control their emissions in a move the Trump administration said will encourage companies to reduce pollution voluntarily.

The Environmental Protection Agency Jan. 25 issued a memorandum withdrawing the “once-in-always-in” policy under the Clean Air Act, which prevents major sources of toxic air pollutants from removing pollution control devices after emissions fall below a certain threshold. Instead, those facilities can now be reclassified as smaller “area” sources that are subject to less stringent requirements.

“This guidance is based on a plain language ...