Cleaning up the Haze: Protecting People and America’s Treasured Places: Recommendations to Strengthen EPA’s Approach.
On December 23, 2011 EPA proposed a BART rule exemption that will allow 28 states in the eastern U.S. to avoid compliance with the BART program. EPA will instead allow these states to rely on emissions reductions they may make under the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) in order to satisfy their obligations under the BART program to protect Class I air quality. While the emission trading program created by CSAPR will result in significant air quality benefits for many eastern states, it will not require some of the most egregious polluters of iconic Class I national landscapes to clean up their pollution to the same level that would be required under BART.
Cleaning up the Haze: Protecting People and America’s Treasured Places asks EPA to drop its proposed BART rule exemption so that our country’s most iconic natural places are fully protected from unsightly and unhealthy air.
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