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In the latest evidence of a statewide groundswell the Town Council of Chapel Hill, NC voted unanimously to pass a resolution urging Attorney General Roy Cooper to file a Petition for Review against a ruling issued by the EPA that revises the New Source Review (NSR) Provision of the Clean Air Act. The vote, on Monday night, was 9-0. In passing the resolution Chapel Hill joined the Town of Sylva and the City of Asheville in sending similar messages to the Attorney General. The decisions were unanimous in each location.
NSR is that provision within the Clean Air Act that mandates the cleanup of grandfathered factories and power plants when they are improved or enlarged in any way other than routine maintenance. The EPA's Final NSR rule, issued on Dec. 31, would allow these older plants to increase in size and emission output without upgrading emission control systems. Most observers believe this will result in more emissions of Nitrogen Oxide, Sulphur Dioxide and Mercury in areas that are already experiencing severe air pollution problems. States on the eastern side of the Appalachian Mountain Range could be hit hard.
If North Carolina files suit against the EPA by the March 3 deadline, it will become the 12th state plus the District of Columbia to file. Washington DC and the State of Delaware filed on February 26 joining New York, New Jersey, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Chapel-Hill, Asheville and Sylva were first approached with the resolutions by the Canary Coalition, a rapidly growing grassroots Clean Air Advocacy movement sprouting out of western North Carolina and, now, with members in ten states. "It's becoming clear that the people of North Carolina want the State to take this action and comply with Section 10 of the NC Clean Smokestacks Act. North Carolina law requires state agencies to use all available means, to influence upwind out-of-state polluters, to raise emission control standards. Litigation is one method specified by the law. The Attorney General has an obligation to follow through." explains Avram Friedman, of the Canary Coalition. "But, there's a race with time, now. March 3 is the deadline for states to file a Petition for Review against the EPA ruling. For those who are concerned about air quality issues in our state and in our country, now is the time to contact Attorney General Cooper's office and Secretary of DENR Bill Ross's office and let them know that you expect North Carolina to join with the eleven states and the District of Columbia who are suing the EPA over its decision to weaken the Clean Air Act."
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Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) plan to offer a budget rider to block the Bush administration's new source review reforms under the Clean Air Act, an Edwards spokesman said Jan. 15. Edwards hopes to block the reforms with a rider to legislation that would fund federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, during fiscal year 2003,the spokesman said. The Senate began debate on the funding bill Jan. 15.
published a final rule creating new source review
exemptions for companies that install modern pollution
controls when they upgrade or
Edwards joined environmental groups in charging that EPA was creating new loopholes for polluters, but EPA maintains the changes will reducepollution by making it easier for companies to improve energy efficiency.
2002, Edwards called on EPA to refrain from finalizing
the rule until it released an analysis of the health and
environmental impacts of
Democratic source said Edwards is being supported in the
appropriations rider by outgoing Senate Environment and
Senate and environmental group sources said that if the Edwards amendment fails, it would get senators on record on whether they support or oppose the new source review changes and heighten the debate over the issue.
With Republicans in the majority, a victory on the amendment was seen as an uphill battle but possible because several Northeastern Republicans have criticized the new source review reforms. Frank Maisano, a spokesman for electric utilities, said a vote on a budget rider may show the extent of Southern and Midwestern Democratic support for the reforms.
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