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EPA Steps Closer to Undoing 2015 Air Rule for Texas

April 29, 2019, 10:58 PM

The EPA is one step closer to granting Texas a sought-after exemption to a 2015 rule limiting emissions during startups, shutdowns, and malfunctions at industrial boilers and facilities.

The Environmental Protection Agency published the draft rule in the Federal Register April 29, saying it was “considering an alternative interpretation” to EPA’s 2015 policy.

The draft rule would reinstate immunity lost in 2015 for industrial facilities that emit air pollution during startup, shutdown or malfunction (SSM) operations—the times when air emissions typically intensify.

Texas is one of 36 states subject to a 2015 air rule that requires removing provisions that...

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