EPA To Issue Relaxed Power Plant Rules

Law360, New York (October 27, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Drawing ire from lawmakers, the Bush administration has reportedly ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finalize a controversial rule that would allow power plants to upgrade and extend their life spans without having to install expensive pollution-control equipment.

The White House's Office of Management and Budget has mandated Nov. 1 as the deadline for EPA staff to finalize the regulation, which would weaken pollution source review requirements, Dow Jones reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.

EPA spokesman Jonathan Shradar confirmed Monday that the...
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