Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Cleaner Air Faster

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Cleaner Air Faster

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Under a recent EPA proposal, industry would be given the option of significantly reducing air toxic emissions earlier than would otherwise be required by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. The proposed rule offers firms a six-year extension of their deadline for meeting emissions standards if they agree to start reducing toxic air pollutants by 90 or 95 percent.

"The program is structured to encourage substantial participation by industry, while at the same time insuring genuine and significant emissions reductions," said EPA Administrator William Reilly.

In order to qualify for the compliance extension, a company must achieve the reduction rate before EPA proposes an air toxics regulation applicable to its industry. A 90 percent reduction would be required for gaseous pollutants, while a 95 percent rate would be required for particulate matter.

In a statement, EPA said that since some standards (most likely those that will affect the chemical manufacturing industry, according to agency sources) are expected to be proposed within the next year or two, industries subject to them need only to make an enforceable commitment to the reductions beforehand. …

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