WASHINGTON, April 27 The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency said on Monday it would reconsider three
rules issued under the Bush administration that affect how
coal-fired power plants account for their air emissions.
Environmental groups said the Obama administration is
moving to reverse several loopholes created by the EPA under
the Bush administration.
"It's part of an ongoing effort by the EPA to clean up the
polluter-dominated mess it inherited from Bush," said Frank
O'Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch.
The rules under review determine when and how coal-fired
power plants account for air emissions that are not released
through a stack, vent or other confined air streams; how they
keep records on emissions; and how they account for air
emissions associated with soot when obtaining a permit.
The Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council,
Earthjustice and New Jersey's attorney general petitioned the
EPA to take another look at the regulations.
"These new rules will undo some of the Bush
administration's plans to undermine the new source review
program so that old coal-fired power plants could evade
stricter pollution controls when extending the life of the
plant," said Dan Weiss, an energy expert at the Center for
The EPA said it was reconsidering the rules to make sure
the public has a chance to review any recent changes that would
affect the new source review program. The program requires
power plants and other industrial factories to install
pollution-fighting equipment when ramping up output or
The agency said it will soon publish a notice in the
Federal Register on changing certain aspects of each of the
(reporting by Tom Doggett; Editing by David Gregorio)