Consent decree set for deadlines on regional haze plans

A federal court has approved a consent decree setting deadlines for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take action on state or federal plans to reduce regional haze in 37 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Although the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia approved the consent agreement at the end of March, EPA’s first deadline to take action on a federal plan to reduce regional haze was in the state of Nevada on Dec. 13, 2011.

The consent agreement requires EPA to take final action on the remaining federal implementation plans for regional haze, or to have approved state implementation plans, by Nov. 15. The agreement also requires EPA to either approve or disapprove several state implementation plans that have already been submitted to the Agency by Aug. 15.

For more on EPA’s regional haze program, go to http://www.epa.gov/visibility/program.html.

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