There is a lot of hyperbole regarding President-Elect Trump’s potential environmental agenda. During the campaign there was also a lot made about issues of employment and opportunity in the "Rust Belt" (a term I personally do no like). Here are two suggestions of how the incoming Trump Administration could bring greater opportunity to the Rust
U.S. EPA Proposes to Designate Additional Ohio Counties as Non-Attainment with New Fine Particle Standard
Back on December 14, 2012, EPA strengthened the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for fine particle pollution. The standard was strengthened from 15.0 micrograms per cubic meter (ug/m3) to 12.0 ug/m3.
Under the Clean Air Act, EPA first asks States to propose which counties should be deemed as not meeting the standard (i.e.
Is U.S. EPA Finally Moving Toward a Stricter Ozone Standard
The Obama Administrative continues to be heavily criticized by industry for its aggressive development of greenhouse gas regulations. In contrast to the dizzying pace of new greenhouse gas regulations stands finalization of a new ozone standard…something the President promised to do after being elected to his first term.
Under the Clean Air Act, EPA is…
Another $20 million Available in Ohio for Diesel Retrofits, Replacements and Repowers
The Diesel Emission Reduction Grant program (DERG) funds clean diesel projects, including diesel exhaust retrofits, engine repowers and replacements. The program is intended to provide voluntary funding to reduce diesel emissions to assist Ohio in meeting federal air quality standards.
The more voluntary reductions for vehicles the less reductions are needed from industry to meet…
As Dust Settles After Ozone Announcement the States Emerge as the Big Winners
The Obama Administration had already delayed issuance of a revised ozone standard three times. EPA had said repeatedly that it would it would finally promulgate the new standard by this August. Then last week, President Obama shocked many by announcing that EPA would not issue a new ozone standard until 2013.
A Little History on Ozone
EPA Will Likely Propose a 70 ppb Ozone Standard
The Obama Administration, after stopping the implementation of the Bush-era ozone standard, has delayed choosing a revised standard three times. These delays had given hope that EPA may wait to choose a revised standard until after the election.
In conversations with representatives for industry most impacted by the revised ozone standards, they told me they thought the Administration was positioning…
State’s Face Huge Air Quality Workload During Budget Crisis
Many of the Midwest states, including Ohio, face significant state budget shortfalls- Ohio faces a projected $8 billion dollar hole in its next budget. With the shortfalls, is very unlikely additional revenue will be available to support existing programs.
The state budget crisis occurs at the same time U.S. EPA has been very active in revising federal air…
EPA Plays Politics By Delaying Ozone Rule
Back in 2007, U.S. EPA was sued by some States and environmental groups who challenged the legitimacy of the ozone standard -75 parts per billion (ppb)- selected by the Bush Administration. In 2009, the Obama Administration announced that it was reconsidering the 75 ppb standard.
Ostensibly 75 ppb remains on the table. However, U.S. EPA is likely to…
EPA Announces Tighter Ozone Standard; Big Implications for Ohio
Today, U.S. EPA announced it has officially thrown out the .075 ppm ozone standard proposed in 2008 by the Bush Administration. The Bush proposal would have reduced the standard from .08 ppm to .075 ppm. Now the EPA is proposing to set a new revised ozone standard somewhere between .06 ppm to .07 ppm. This from the…
What U.S. EPA’s Formal Recognition of Cleveland’s Improved Air Quality Means for Businesses
Yesterday, U.S. EPA announced a proposed rulemaking to formally recognize Cleveland and nearby counties as achieving the 1997 8-hour ozone standard (.085ppb). As discussed in a previous post, this is very good news for Northeast Ohio businesses in any of the following counties: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit. U.S. EPA is taking comments…