Air Pollution Regulation Roundup 2011

Posted on January 13, 2012

In what we hope will become a regular feature of this website, we are presenting the first in a series of environmental regulatory “roundups” – an overview of developments in a particular environmental legal area occurring in the previous 12 months, with a hint of what to expect in the future. Subjects to be covered in upcoming months include: stormwater, climate change, and environmental remediation.

We begin this month with air pollution regulation. As anyone who reads the news can attest, more than 20 years after enactment of the Clean Air Act (CAA) Amendments of 1990, federal and state efforts to regulate air pollution remain in a state of flux. Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has largely completed the hundreds of rulemaking and other tasks assigned to it under the 1990 CAA Amendments, many of the standards required by the Act are now undergoing review. Moreover, new issues have arisen that demand regulatory attention. At the state level, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has undertaken several important air initiatives in the last 12 months. NOTE: This summary does not cover rules relating to mobile sources.

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