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Pollution Standards Won’t Apply to All, EPA Says

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday reversed pollutions standards for a California power plant waiting for a permit, and the decision could leave a dozen additional industrial facilities exempt from the stringent new rules as well, The Associated Press said Wednesday.

A top EPA official reportedly told a federal panel that a California facility would not have to comply with new federal air pollution regulations.

The EPA on Wednesday appeared before a Senate panel to go over its new federal controls on heat-trapping greenhouse gases and other pollutants. Republicans say the new restrictions will kill jobs and slow economic growth.

AP reported Wednesday that the reversal could exempt about 10 to 20 industrial facilities from the standards on smog and pollutants responsible for acid rain.
An EPA official said the change would not influence efforts to fight global warming.

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Duke Energy to Spend $93M for Violations

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 22 (UPI) — Duke Energy will spend $85 million to resolve Clean Air Act violations at its Indiana plant and pay a $1.75 million fine, federal officials said Tuesday.

The company agreed to reduce harmful air pollution and pay the penalty under a settlement to resolve the violations, the U.S. Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency said in a joint release.

The settlement also requires Duke Energy to invest $6.25 million on environmental mitigation projects, the agencies said.

The agreement, filed in federal court in Indianapolis, resolves violations found at the company’s Gallagher coal-fired power plant in New Albany, Ind., across the Ohio River from Louisville. The settlement is expected to reduce the plant’s sulfur dioxide emissions by almost 35,000 tons per year, an 86 percent reduction when compared to 2008 emission levels, the Justice Department said.

The settlement also requires Duke to spend $6.25 million on environmental mitigation projects, including $250,000 for the U.S. Forest Service to address acid rain in downwind national forests, $5 million for at least one project such conversion to hydro-generation or hybrid vehicle fleets, and $1 million for environmental mitigation projects allocated among the states — New York, New Jersey and Connecticut — that joined the settlement.

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U.S. to Help Finance Climate Change Fund

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Dec. 17 (UPI) — The United States will contribute to a $100 billion fund to help developing countries address climate change, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday.

Speaking at the U.N.-sponsored climate change summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, Clinton said the yearly contribution would be contingent on reaching a substantial accord that includes “transparency” in tracking emission cuts by major developing countries, The Washington Post reported.

Earlier in the week, China said it would not permit independent verification of its pledged emission cuts, saying Chinese laws would ensure the cuts were made.

As the conference barrels toward its conclusion Friday, Chinese and U.S. officials indicated a final political agreement on climate change likely won’t happen when the environmental summit concludes, The New York Times reported.

The stalemate is over emission controls for developing countries, including China, and how wealthy nations would help finance poorer countries to address climate change issues. Delegations said they had hoped to reach an interim agreement on the issues that would have “immediate operational effect,” but China didn’t indicate it would sign on, the Times said.

“I still believe it’s possible to reach a real success,” the United Nations climate secretary, Yvo de Boer, said Wednesday. “But I must say that in that context, the next 24 hours are absolutely crucial and need to be used productively.”

Accompanying Clinton to the Danish capital were U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and other legislators. President Barack Obama will arrive Friday.

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