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EPA Ozone Guidelines Target Oil, Natural Gas

The EPA has released guidelines to reduce smog-forming ozone emissions from oil and natural gas production. The guidelines provide recommendations that states can use to make rules to reduce these emissions but is not “a regulation itself,” the EPA says. “This document does not impose any requirements on facilities in the … Read more »

Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Finalized. Will Power Sector Legal Challenges Follow?

In a move to reduce nitrogen (NOx) emissions from power plants that contribute to ozone pollution in the eastern US, the EPA has finalized updates to the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.

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Manufacturers Move to Intervene in Ozone Standard Lawsuit

The National Association of Manufacturers has moved to intervene in a lawsuit that challenges the Obama administration’s ozone standard. The new rule, issued in the fall, limits ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion from 75 ppb. “As the courts debate the legality of this new regulation, manufacturers are already … Read more »

EPA Smog Rule Targets Cross-State Air Pollution

The EPA today announced a proposal that targets smog-forming air pollution transported across state lines. The agency says it will reduce summertime emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) from power plants that contribute to downwind ozone problems in the eastern half of the US. The proposed updates to the agency’s … Read more »

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EPA Tightens Smog Standards

The EPA issued tighter smog standards yesterday, limiting ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion from 75 ppb. The agency says the updated National Ambient Air Quality Standards will reduce the public’s exposure to ozone pollution and says the public health benefits of the updated standards, estimated at $2.9 to … Read more »

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Soon-to-Come Ozone Rule Will Have Varying Impacts on Business

If the EPA lowers ground-level ozone — a decision it is likely to make this month — some businesses, cities and regions will be affected more than others, HPAC Engineering reports. The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to review the ozone pollution standards every five years. The current standard, … Read more »

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China’s Smog Among Top Recruitment Challenges for Foreign Firms

Pollution in China has become a  major stumbling block for foreign firms trying to convince top executives to work in the country, according to a survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing. Some 48 percent of the 365 foreign companies that responded to the 16th annual AmCham China 2014 Business … Read more »

Paris Lifts Driving Limits after Just One Day

French authorities lifted the restrictions they placed on Paris drivers on Monday, saying after just one day that they had achieved the desired environmental outcome. “Bravo, and thank you,” French ecology minister Philippe Martin said in a message to Parisians, the Guardian reports.  Martin said that 90 percent of Parisians … Read more »

Paris Bans Half its Drivers in Smog-Cutting Effort

France introduced restrictions on Paris drivers today, allowing them to use their cars only on alternate days, as the city deals with a bad bout of smog. A week of unseasonably warm, sunny weather has exacerbated Paris’s smog problem, Reuters reports. The city is prone to such pollution because of its diesel … Read more »