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Senators Push for Changes to Final Boiler Air Toxics Rule

Inside EPA Weekly Report (04/06/2012)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is facing calls from a bipartisan group of senators and the iron and steel industry to expand its definition of clean-burning gas units subject to weaker controls in the agency's pending final revised boiler air toxics rule. Advocates of a broader category say it will cut emissions while allowing for more efficient operations.

The push, in a March 23 letter from eight senators to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, comes as the agency appears to be hedging on when it will release the final rule. The EPA proposed changes to its boiler air rule and other combustion emission rules in December, in a bid to address industry concerns that the initial versions of the rules were unachievable. The agency initially slated the final revised rule for April, but now says it’s due “later this spring.”

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