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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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Here is the NRDC News Release on
Michigan, West Virginia, et. al.   Vs.  U.S. EPA
and Michigan's loss.....

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Patricio Silva (202) 289-6868

NRDC Applauds Court Decision Upholding EPA's NOx SIP Call

Statement by NRDC Air and Energy Program Director David Hawkins

WASHINGTON (March 3, 2000)  The Natural Resources Defense Council applauds 
the
decision of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding EPA's NOx SIP Call.

"This is a huge victory for clean air and the health of kids and seniors," 
said
David Hawkins, Director of NRDC Air and Energy Programs.

"We look forward to working with EPA to implement this important rule to clean
up fossil-fuel burning power plants," said David Hawkins. "The pollution cuts
will reduce the severity of ozone smog episodes during the summer and help to
create a level playing field for electricity generation."

The Clean Air Act requires states to adopt rules to prevent interstate 
pollution
as part of national smog clean-up efforts. In 1995, in response to a 
lawsuit by
NRDC and other environmental groups, EPA convened representatives of 37 states
in the eastern part of the country to develop regional clean-up plans. In 1998
EPA issued a rule requiring 22 of those states to cut smog-forming emissions
from electric power plants and other pollution sources to abate interstate
pollution. Industry and several upwind states sued EPA and the case was argued
in November, 1999. Today's decision rejected all significant industry and 
state
attacks on EPA's rules and clears the obstacles that have prevented
implementation of this important public health program.

This court decision means power plants and other large air pollution 
sources in
the Central and Eastern United States will have to reduce their summer
smog-causing emissions by about 60% by 2003.

NRDC has been working for decades, using advocacy, litigation and public
education campaigns, to reduce pollution from grandfathered fossil fuel-fired
power plants. This is an important victory for the public health and the
environment.
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The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, nonprofit organization of
scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting 
public
health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has more than 400,000 
members
nationwide, served by offices in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and San
Francisco. More information on NRDC is available at its Web site, www.nrdc.org.


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