Cleaner Skies, But How?

The EPA is about to issue a controversial rule for the nation's dirtiest power plants, forcing a new nose-wrinkling debate.
August 25, 2003, 11am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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The Environmental Protection Agency has decided to "issue a new rule that provides some certainty with a hard number. It's expected to rule that any plant upgrade whose costs exceed 20 percent of the cost of replacing all essential equipment would need to install pollution technology. In the regulatory world, a 20 percent threshold for enforcement is common, helping avoid a legal obligation to pay for "taking" of private property... At the same time, the EPA and the Bush administration are asking Congress to pass a bill called 'Clear Skies' that would lessen such an awkward regulation and create a market-based approach to meeting national air standards."

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Published on Monday, August 25, 2003 in The Christian Science Monitor
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