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EPA Not Required to Update Risk-Based Standards for Coke Ovens

June 29, 2020, 4:49 PM

Congress didn’t establish a mandate in the Clean Air Act for the EPA to repeatedly conduct risk-assessments for hazardous pollution sources, so the agency can’t be forced to complete an updated assessment for coke oven pollution, a California federal court ruled.

Four environmental groups argued the Environmental Protection Agency failed to timely complete technological review and residual risk review for two categories of pollution sources. The first is coke oven batteries, and the second is coke ovens: pushing, quenching, and battery stacks.

The EPA acknowledged an updated technology review for coke oven batteries is overdue. But the agency said a...

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