EPA Eases Small-Engine Emissions Rules

Law360, New York (January 15, 2013, 8:15 PM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday relaxed a set of air quality standards regulating pollution from small engines that power industrial and agricultural equipment and provide emergency backup power.

Acting on settlements with several stakeholders, the EPA agreed to forgo numerical pollution caps on many of the roughly 1 million stationary engines operating nationwide and allow them more flexibility in meeting emissions limits.

The agency adopted the rules in 2010. Electric power groups and a range of other stakeholders petitioned the EPA to reconsider the...
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