Energy Cos. Face Hefty Fines Under EPA Emissions Proposal

Law360, New York (February 21, 2013, 6:51 PM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed last week to eliminate exemptions that allow power plants to skirt emissions standards when starting up or shutting down their facilities, a move attorneys say would cost energy producers millions of dollars in fines for often unavoidable violations.

The new rule would end the EPA's long-standing practice of allowing some Clean Air Act exemptions in Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and 33 other states for startup, shutdown and malfunction, or SSM, events. Most current emissions-control equipment can't produce chemical reactions in...
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