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  • Public Comments

    Comments to EPA on reconsideration of Boiler MACT

    February 21, 2012

    Boiler MACT regulations will take harmful soot out of the air as well as mercury and other heavy metals. It will have a significant positive effect on respiratory and cardiovascular health. But EPA is currently reconsidering some of the rule it deems shaky.

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  • News

    EPA Releases New Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

    December 21, 2011

    Today, the Environmental Protection Agency released air pollution regulations to lower emissions of 84 different toxic chemicals, including mercury.

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  • News

    EPA releases new Boiler MACT proposed rule

    December 2, 2011

    Today the EPA released a new proposal to curb air pollution from industrial boilers. It’s an update on a version released in March of 2010, but never finalized.

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  • News

    NYC to phase out most-polluting heating oils

    April 21, 2011

    Mayor Bloomberg recently announced that the city will phase out the use of unrefined oil sludge and the most-polluting grades of heating oil, to be completed by 2030. The new rules target the airborne fine particulate matter from two grades of heating oil that when burned by buildings create more than 85% of the city’s heating oil soot emissions. It’s expected that 10,000 buildings will be affected, as the black smoke billowing from smokestacks that the city says is responsible for killing 3,000 residents each year is eliminated.

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  • News

    EPA Releases Second Prospective Study on Clean Air Act

    March 3, 2011

    The EPA released the third report in its series of cost-benefit analyses of the Clean Air Act today. Titled the Second Prospective Study, this report focuses on the effects of programs implemented after the 1990 amendments to the act.

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  • News

    Jason Schwartz gives testimony on NYC heating oil rule

    February 28, 2011

    Today, the city is conducting hearings on a regulation that the Bloomberg administration released last month to address the soot pollution from residual oil.

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  • News

    Courts order EPA to proceed with boiler rule

    January 21, 2011

    Yesterday, the courts denied EPA’s request to delay on rules that would restrict certain types of air pollution from industrial boilers. We think the message is clear: after two decades of work on this issue, the time for analysis is over.

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  • Public Comments

    Public Comments on the Economics of Coal Ash Disposal

    November 19, 2010

    In many places around the nation the toxic sludge leftovers of the coal combustion process are stored in vast unlined pools where poisons can leak into groundwater. Sometimes, like in Kingston, Tennessee, these holding pens break letting loose an avalanche of black poisonous muck.

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  • Public Comments

    Comments on EPA’s Transport Rule

    October 1, 2010

    Today, Policy Integrity offered suggestions on the EPA’s plans to reduce certain kinds of air pollutants that waft across state lines.

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  • Public Comments

    Public comment on EPA’s new rules for hazardous air

    August 23, 2010

    The exhaust from the boilers of industrial and commercial buildings, and incinerators can be particularly poisonous; consistent inhalation can lead to heart and lung disease and cancer.

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