|By PR Newswire||
|October 7, 2008 10:45 AM EDT||
EPA is 16 Years Behind Legal Requirement for Reviewing NOx Rule
In addition to compelling EPA to update its nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission standard, EIP and Sierra Club want EPA to start controlling nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from nitric acid plants. N2O is a powerful greenhouse gas. It is 310 times more potent than carbon dioxide in terms of its global warming potential. Nitric acid plants are, by far, the largest industrial source of N2O emissions in
If EPA does not commence a review of the new source performance standard (NSPS) for NOx during the required 60-day notice period, the parties will seek a court order compelling EPA to review its standards for controlling nitrogen oxide emissions from nitric acid plants. The NOx standard has not been revised since it was adopted in 1971, and the last review took place twenty-four years ago, in 1984. This means EPA has missed its deadline by a full 16 years.
Better technologies, capable of substantially reducing NOx emissions, have emerged during EPA's long period of delay. In fact, EPA issued a report in 1991 describing some of these technologies, yet it has failed to apply these findings to the nitric acid industry.
Using outdated technologies has real world consequences. NOx -- a precursor to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ground-level ozone -- is an important public health concern.
EIP and the Sierra Club believe EPA should move quickly to review and revise the NSPS for nitric acid plants. Take
A copy of the notice of intent letter is available at http://www.environmentalintegrity.org.
ABOUT THE GROUPS
The Environmental Integrity Project (http://www.environmentalintegrity.org) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established in March of 2002 by former EPA enforcement attorneys to advocate for effective enforcement of environmental laws. EIP has three goals: 1) to provide objective analyses of how the failure to enforce or implement environmental laws increases pollution and affects public health; 2) to hold federal and state agencies, as well as individual corporations, accountable for failing to enforce or comply with environmental laws; and 3) to help local communities obtain the protection of environmental laws.
The Sierra Club members and supporters number more than 1.3 million. Inspired by nature, the Sierra Club and its members work together to protect communities and the planet. The Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. For more information, go to http://www.sierraclub.org on the Web.
SOURCE Environmental Integrity Project; Sierra Club; Vermont Law College
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