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Mon Jul 15, 2019, 09:06 AM

New York Times: EPA to limit ability to oppose pollution permits

Source: CNN


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By Devan Cole, CNN

Updated 8:29 AM ET, Mon July 15, 2019

Washington (CNN) The Environmental Protection Agency is working to change rules that allow individuals or community advocates to fight agency-issued permits that regulate how much pollution can be released by area power plants and factories, The New York Times reported.

The Times, citing conversations with three unnamed people familiar with the plans, said the potential changes could come as early as this week. According to the paper, the regulations, which were created during George H. W. Bush's administration, allowed individuals or community advocates to appeal the permits before a panel of judges within the agency. The changes would eliminate that ability but allow the permit holders to "appeal to the panel, known as the Environmental Appeals Board, to allow them to increase their pollution," according to the paper.

The Times' report, published Friday, said the documents for the changes have "been largely completed," and "the next step would be to announce the proposed rule change and seek public comment," a period the paper said could last 60 to 90 days. Patrice Simms, a former staff lawyer for the agency's appeals board who now works as an environmental attorney, and Richard Lazarus, an environmental law professor at Harvard, told the paper that the potential changes could give companies "a broader role in influencing the EPA to issue more lenient pollution permits," and could be especially harmful to "poor and minority communities, which are statistically more likely to be located near polluting sites."

"What EPA is proposing means communities and families no longer have the right to appeal a pollution permit that might affect them," Simms said, according to the Times. He added that when the EPA issues pollution permits, "they may or may not get it right," according to the paper.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/15/politics/epa-pollution-permits-regulation-changes/index.html





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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 09:20 AM

1. While this change impacts a wide variety of pollution, I wonder if coal was the primary goal....

here, enabling old power plants in particular to keep spewing foul emissions. Sure, this also impacts water, lead, toxins and other stuff but I'd bet it was the coal lobby that Trump is aiming to help.

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Mon Jul 15, 2019, 03:48 PM

2. It just makes it easier to bribe people on this panel.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 05:20 PM

3. That's a perversion of the EPA's mission. These people know no shame.

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