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go directly to report, PDF _ IB10137 - Clean Air Act Issues in the 109th Congress
15-Jun-2006; James E. McCarthy; 18 p.
Update: July 25, 2006

MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENTS:
On March 17, 2006, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down an EPA rule that would have exempted most equipment replacement projects at power plants and other industrial sites from requirements to install pollution control equipmen.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: The courts and the executive branch face major decisions on clean air issues in 2006, with Congress more likely playing an oversight role. One focus is EPA’s Jan. 17, 2006 proposal to strengthen air quality standards for fine particles, which are estimated to cause tens of thousands of prematu.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Air, Legislative

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go directly to report, PDF _ RL32787 - MTBE in Gasoline: Clean Air and Drinking Water Issues
14-Apr-2006; James E. McCarthy and Mary Tiemann; 28 p.
Update: June 19, 2006

Previous Releases:
/nle/crsreports/05aug/RL32787.pdf
/nle/crsreports/05may/RL32787.pdf.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: As gasoline prices have risen in March and April 2006, renewed attention has been given to methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), a gasoline additive being phased out of the nation’s fuel supply. Many argue that the phaseout of MTBE and its replacement by ethanol have been a major factor in driving .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Air, Water, General Interest

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go directly to report, HTML _ 93-1062 - Air Quality: State Plans and Sanctions
23-Dec-1993; Susan Mayer; 6 p.
Abstract: The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 require EPA to impose sanctions against certain areas that fail to submit and implement adequate State Implementation Plans (SIPs) for meeting National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NMQS). The sanctions generally apply to States that fail to submit a SIP, when a.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Air
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS20298 - Sport Utility Vehicles, Mini-Vans and Light Trucks: An Overview of Fuel Economy and Emissions Standards
17-Dec-2004; Brent D. Yacobucci; 6 p.
Update: April 14, 2005



Previous releases:
/nle/crsreports/03Sep/RS20298.pdf
/nle/crsreports/03May/RS20298.pdf
/nle/crsreports/03Apr/RS20298.pdf
http://www.NCSEonline.org/nle/crsreports/RS20298.pdf
http://www.NCSEonline.org/nle/crsreports/air/air-3.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: Most sport utility vehicles, mini-vans, and pickups are classified as ¨light trucks¨
and thus are regulated less stringently than passenger cars under two major laws ? the
Energy Policy and Conservation Act for fuel economy standards, and the Clean Air Act
for emissions standar.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Air, Transportation, Pollution
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go directly to report, HTML _ RL30758 - Alternative Transportation Fuels and Vehicles: Energy, Environment, and Development Issues
5-Dec-2000; Brent D. Yacobucci; 15 p.
Abstract: The sharp increase m petroleum prices beginning in mid-1999, and experiences with tighter supply, have renewed concern about our dependence on petroleum imports. One of the strategies for reducing this dependence is to produce vehicles that run on alternatives to gasoline and diesel fuel. These alte.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Air, Energy, air
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS20228 - Clean Air Standards: The Supreme Court Agrees to Review American Trucking Associations v. EPA
5-Dec-2000; Robert Meltz, James McCarthy; 6 p.
Abstract: In 1999, in American Trucking Ass?ns, Inc. v. U.S. EPA, a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that deficiencies in EPA?s promulgation of revised national ambient air quality standards for ozone and particulate matter required that they be remanded to the agency for further consideration. The decision was co.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Air, Risk & Reform, Pollution
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go directly to report, HTML _ IB95034 - Clean Air Act Issues for the 104th Congress
2-Dec-1996; James McCarthy; 10 p.
Abstract: The 104th Congress enacted four bills modifying provisions of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and held numerous oversight hearings, as EPA and the states continued to implement requirements of the Act's 1990 Amendments. The Amendments set deadlines for issuance of new regulations and attainment of air quali.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Air
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go directly to report, PDF _ IB10107 - Clean Air Act Issues in the 108th Congress
30-Nov-2004; James E. McCarthy; 19 p.
Update: February 15, 2005

MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

On June 15, 2004, the House passed H.R. 4503, a comprehensive energy bill virtually identical to the conference version of H.R. 6, which it had passed November 18, 2003. The bill included provisions amending the Clean Air Act to address reformulated g.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: The most prominent air quality issue in the 108th Congress was what to do about emissions from coal-fired electric power plants. On January 30, 2004, EPA proposed standards for mercury, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxide emissions from such plants. The proposed mercury standards have been particular.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Air, Transportation

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go directly to report, PDF _ RL31779 - Air Quality: Multi-Pollutant Legislation in the 108th Congress
17-Nov-2003; Larry Parker and John Blodgett; 13 p.
Update: February 14, 2005.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: With the prospect of new layers of complexity being added to air pollution controls and with electricity restructuring putting a premium on economic efficiency, interest is being expressed in finding mechanisms to achieve health and environmental goals in simpler, more cost-effective ways. The elect.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Air, Legislative
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go directly to report, HTML _ IB10004 - Clean Air Act Issues in the 106th Congress
14-Nov-2000; James McCarthy; 9 p.
Abstract: Congress last enacted major amendments to the Clean Air Act in 1990, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is still implementing numerous provisions of those amendments. Recent efforts include the start of Phase 2 of the reformulated gasoline program, proposal of tighter emission standards f.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Air
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