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States Back EPA Proposal to Revoke Rule
On Aggregating Emissions at Industrial Plants

June 21, 2010, 4:00 AM

State regulators are backing an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to revoke a 2009 rule that they said complicates decisions as to when industrial plants need to install updated pollution controls under the new source review provisions of the Clean Air Act.

In comments on the proposal, the National Association of Clean Air Agencies said that retaining the rule, which was intended to explain how emissions can be aggregated for the purpose of deciding whether new controls were needed, “would result in greater uncertainty for permitting authorities.”

Instead, states asked the agency to reinstate its prior policy requiring case-by-case determinations on ...