30 June 2004 16:56 [Source: ICIS news]
WASHINGTON (CNI)--The American Chemistry Council (ACC) ha?xml:namespace>
ACC added its recommendations to nearly 600 000 public comments reportedly sent to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this year as the Bush administration considers the merits of two separate proposals to reduce mercury emissions from power plants. The comment period ended yesterday.
ACC endorsed a proposal favoured by the White House that take
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That approach is the alternative to a plan put into motion late in the
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“EPA’s final decision regarding how to achieve mercury reductions needs to demonstrate that our nation’s continued fuel diversity will not be undermined,” the ACC said in comments signed by air-quality director Ted Cromwell.
ACC said: “EPA’s regulatory decisions should not nudge facilities toward fuel-switching a
After facing heavy criticism from environmentalists for shelving the Clinton plan and concerns in Congress that the Bush plan undermines the Clean Air Act, the agency decided late last year to provide an extended comment period and consider both approaches.
The EPA is expected to release a final rule early next year.
The member firms of Arlington, Virginia-based ACC account for some 90% of US basic industrial chemicals production capacity.
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