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EPA Air Quality Regulations

EPA Air Quality Regulations: Updates and Uncertainty

By Melanie Condon and Scott Hendrick | Vol . 21, No. 32 / August 2013

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  • Most federal environmental regulations are set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); many relate to air quality.
Since the Clean Air Act was passed in 1963, the federal government has regulated emissions of potentially hazardous substances into the air. Administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the act sets limits on discharges from various sources, among them power plants, industrial facilities, and paper and steel mills. Two recent EPA actions setting stricter standards for energy producers are designed to further protect public health and the environment, but some states are struggling with the increased red tape and expenses for businesses and industry. 

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