EPA Reverts To Stricter Ala. Air Pollution Rule

Law360, New York (March 29, 2011, 6:51 PM EDT) -- Responding to petitions from groups like the Sierra Club, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday rescinded a Bush administration decision that relaxed prior air pollution limits for large industrial facilities in Alabama.

Nineteen facilities — power plants, pulp and paper mills, chemical factories, and cement works — will have to comply with a pre-2008 rule limiting visible pollution from smokestacks, the EPA said.

The EPA said the Bush-era rule, which weakened an older regulation, did not comply with the Clean Air Act.

“This disapproval will...
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