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E-M:/ Maryland loses Clean Air Act regulatory authority

Enviro-Mich message from Terry Lodge <tjlodge50@yahoo.com>

  Michiganders and Sierra Clubans, take heart in your
fight to impose regulation of CAFOs. A court yesterday
stripped Maryland of its Clean Air Act regulatory
authority because a state law conflicted with the CAA.
Another nice SC win. 

(from Grist 'zine):

Maryland yesterday became the first state to lose the
authority to enforce federal clean air laws.  The loss
is the result of the state's failure to act on a U.S.
EPA order to create more public participation in the
industrial permit application process.  Under Maryland
law, only the owners of property abutting an
industrial polluter can protest a permit application,
a stipulation that violates the federal Clean Air Act.
 The Sierra Club sued the EPA last year to enable more
citizen participation in Maryland and many other
states.  An EPA official said that the agency was
slated to approve plans to increase participation in
Virginia and D.C., but that Maryland had failed to
meet a Dec. 1 deadline to show progress with its
program.  The EPA will now oversee industry requests
permits in the state.

straight to the source:  Baltimore Sun, Joel McCord,
04 Dec 2001


straight to the source:  Washington Post, Anita
Huslin, 04 Dec 2001

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