Council Seeks to Protect New Pollution Standards for Power Plants
October 17, 2012 - Last week the Clean Air Council joined several environmental health organizations in seeking to intervene on the side of the EPA in a case where industry is challenging new source performance standards (NSPS) for power plants. The final Utility NSPS set standards that limit emissions of particulate matter (PM), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) from fossil-fueled power plants.
NSPS are required by the Clean Air Act section 111, for categories of sources that cause, or contribute significantly to, air pollution which may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare. NSPS must reflect the application of the best system of emissions reductions that EPA determines has been adequately demonstrated. The standards must be periodically reviewed and, if appropriate, revised.
The Utility NSPS was a portion of the Mercury Air Toxics Standards that were finalized last February.
The environmental health groups are seeking to ensure that the Utility NSPS is not eliminated or weakened.
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