• EPA Publishes The New CAIR
  • July 20, 2010
  • Law Firm: Balch Bingham LLP - Birmingham Office
  • This proposed rule effects 31 states and the District of Columbia.  EPA claims the key elements of the rule as follows: 

    • Twenty-eight states would be required to reduce both annual SO2 and NOX emissions. By reducing the emissions from the upwind states, the proposal would help downwind states attain air quality standards, specifically the 24-hour PM2.5 standards established in 2006 and the 1997 annual PM 2.5 standards.
    • Twenty-six states would be required to reduce NOX emissions during the hot summer months of the ozone season because they contribute to downwind states’ ozone pollution. By reducing the emissions from the upwind states, the proposal would help downwind states’ attain air quality standards, specifically the 1997 ground-level ozone standard.

    This proposal replaces the Clean Air Interstate Rule that was struck down by the D.C. Circuit.