EPA Repeals Policy on 'Major' Polluters

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Tuesday, January 30, 2018
air, air pollution, climate change

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ended a policy meant to reduce toxic air pollutants.

The "once in, always in" policy is no more.

It was a policy that stated that a source of pollution deemed "major" would always remain so and be regulated as such.

The Clean Air Act defines a “major source” as a one that has the potential to emit 10 tons per year or more of a listed hazardous pollutant or 25 tons per year or more of any combination of hazardous air pollutants.

Republicans applauded the measure.

Opponents of the repeal argue that this will allow facilities to increase dangerous emissions.

The policy has been in place since 1995.



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