PennFuture, Sierra Club and NRDC slam EPA for proposing a free pass for toxic air pollution

Philadelphia, May 24, 2012 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released draft proposed rules this week that would create special loopholes for dirty diesel and gas electricity generators, allowing them to avoid installing pollution controls for toxic and other air pollution emissions.

EPA is proposing to allow dirty generators to increase by six times the number of hours they may operate in electricity planning programs without any pollution controls.

Supporters of the rules claim that allowing these generators to avoid pollution controls will allay concerns about electric reliability.

PennFuture, NRDC and the Sierra Club will be pressing the EPA to reconsider this proposed loophole in the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants program for reciprocating internal combustion engines.

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