California Regulator OKs Pollution Offset Rules

Law360, New York (February 4, 2011, 7:52 PM EST) -- A California air quality regulator passed new rules for tracking emissions offsets Friday, a plan that some environmental groups argue will increase pollution.

The governing board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District passed Rule 1315 in a 10-1 vote, according to Adrian Martinez, an attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. He said the measure seeks to capture pollution reductions that in some cases stretch back more than 20 years.

“It scoops up prior pollution reductions that have accrued for benefit of clean air...
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