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Industries May Avoid Strict Plantwide Caps on Emissions: EPA

Feb. 14, 2020, 8:19 PM

Large industrial sources like power plants and factories wouldn’t automatically be subject to more stringent facilitywide emissions limits when they renew their Clean Air Act permits, the EPA says in a new draft guidance.

The EPA’s guidance, dated Thursday, is meant to clarify the conditions used to adjust “plantwide applicability limits,” which are emissions caps for all units in a facility. The EPA said the new guidance is an attempt to encourage more industries to take advantage of what it calls a “flexible permitting approach.”

The Environmental Protection Agency in 2002 gave large industrial sources the flexibility to...

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