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                 U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE

Contact: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release
No. 04-OPA017

CHICAGO (Feb. 23, 2004)

Media Advisory: EPA to hold a two-day hearing in Chicago to take public
comment on proposed rules

WHAT: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a two-day hearing to
provide additional opportunity for members of the public to participate in
open comment periods on several proposals to achieve deep reductions in
emissions of air pollutants from power plants. The hearing will
specifically solicit public comment on the proposed Utility Mercury
Reductions and Interstate Air Quality Rules. EPA announced both proposed
rules in December 2003. Two other concurrent hearings will be held on
these proposed rules in Philadelphia, Pa., and in Research Triangle Park,

WHO: Hearing Officer: Bill Wehrum, counsel to EPA's Assistant
Administrator for Air and Radiation; Joe Paisie, manager of the integrated
policy and strategies group of EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and
Standards; Sarah Dunham, chief of the program development branch of the
Clean Air Markets Division of EPA's Office of Atmospheric Programs.

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 25, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 2 to 6 p.m., 7:30 to 9
p.m. (later as needed). Thursday, Feb. 26, same schedule.

WHERE: Hilton Chicago Hotel, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill.

The public comment period for these proposals remains open until March 30.
Individuals may also submit comments electronically, by mail, by facsimile
or by hand delivery/courier. EPA will consider written comments submitted
during the comment period with the same weight as oral comments presented
during the public hearings.

More information is at www.epa.gov/interstateairquality and

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