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Thu Jan 25, 2018, 11:03 PM

U.S. EPA reverses policy on 'major sources' of pollution

Source: Reuters

JANUARY 25, 2018 / 8:37 PM / UPDATED 23 MINUTES AGO

 
Eric Beech
 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it was withdrawing a provision of the Clean Air Act that requires a major source of pollution like a power plant to always be treated as a major source, even if it makes changes to reduce emissions.

The decision to withdraw the “once-in always-in” policy is part of President Donald Trump’s effort to roll back federal regulations and was sought by utilities, the petroleum industry and others.

Sources of air pollution previously classified as “major sources” may be reclassified as “area” sources when the facility limits its emissions below “major source” thresholds, the EPA said. Area sources are subject to less strict pollution control standards than major sources.

“It will reduce regulatory burden for industries and the states, while continuing to ensure stringent and effective controls on hazardous air pollutants,” Bill Wehrum, assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, said in a statement.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-epa/u-s-epa-reverses-policy-on-major-sources-of-pollution-idUSKBN1FF075

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 25, 2018, 11:35 PM

1. reduces polluters 'burden' and kills us

I won't be surprised if they roll back the 10 Commandments.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 25, 2018, 11:44 PM

2. I am so glad Macron made fun of him in Davos the other day.

He said, "I am glad we don't have any Climate Change skeptics here today". I am sure the sarcasm went over the fucking moron's bald head.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jan 26, 2018, 12:12 AM

3. "while continuing to ensure stringent and effective controls on hazardous air pollutants,

my ass it will

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jan 26, 2018, 12:48 AM

4. The planet will kill us before we kill it

The overweening conceit of our primitive war-mongering backward race will result in extinction, leaving the planet to heal itself and eventually be discovered by a space-faring species that is worthy of it.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jan 26, 2018, 04:41 AM

5. The EPA releases a new "study"....

whereby they find trees to be the world's "major polluter". Trump has ordered the removal of all trees from Federal land.

Is this really necessary?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jan 26, 2018, 12:36 PM

6. As a long-time conservationist, I'm not sure I understand why this change is a bad thing.

If a polluter brings emission levels below a certain level, why not acknowledge that by reducing threat level that polluter poses? Am I missing something here?

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