EPA puts off New Source Review

Feb. 14, 2003

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it will delay making a final decision on power plant air emissions until May 2, 2003.

The original deadline to finalize the New Source Review rule was March 3. The rule originally required investment in new pollution controls, if a power plant or refinery undergoes a major upgrade.

According to industry sources, the new version will probably redefine the term “routine maintenance” to broaden the ways in which a facility can be upgraded without triggering the pollution rule.

EPA said it will schedule five public meetings to provide discussion on the possible changes. The agency said it will announce meeting locations at a later date.

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