• EPA Finalizes Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) to Address CAIR’s Flaws
  • July 22, 2011 | Author: Danielle Mettler
  • Law Firm: Hiscock & Barclay, LLP - Rochester Office
  • On July 6, 2011, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) finalized the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (“CSAPR”) to replace the Clean Air Interstate Rule (“CAIR”). Like CAIR, CSAPR is a cap-and-trade program for sulfur dioxide (“SO2”) and oxides of nitrogen (“NOx”) promulgated to help downwind states attain or maintain National Ambient Air Quality (“NAAQs”) for fine particulate matter and ozone. CSAPR, effective January 1, 2012, focuses on the reduction of SO2 and NOx emissions from electric generating units (“EGU”) in 27 states, including New York. The CSAPR is more stringent than the existing CAIR program, which will remain in effect through the 2011 compliance period. CAIR credits, as well as the Acid Rain Program and NOx SIP Call / NOx Budget Trading Program credits, cannot be carried over into the new CSAPR program.