US EPA, Texas agree on air emissions rules

07 June 2012 23:01  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--In a move that could erase some of the contention between Texas and federal pollution regulators, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Thursday it plans to approve revisions to the state’s clean air programme.

The EPA announced a proposal to approve revisions submitted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to the state’s permitting programme for major pollution sources.

The move could end some long-held points of contention between the federal and state agencies over air quality issues.

The EPA said the revisions provide operating flexibility for major facilities by establishing site-wide emission caps known as “plant-wide applicability limits,” or PALS, for existing sources.

The revised rules require continuous monitoring for each of the units included in the cap, the EPA said, and are a “useful and much sought-after tool for industry because they provide flexibility in the daily operations at a facility”.

The TCEQ said the proposal “clears the way for companies to have regulatory flexibility and certainty”.

By: Brian Ford
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