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New EPA Administrator to Prioritize Lake Cleanup?

Midwest officials say they hope the new administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will continue to push for better coordination of Great Lakes clean up. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chuck Quirmbach reports.  Go to full article

EPA Issues Federal Regulations on Mercury

Yesterday the EPA issued a rule requiring power plants to cut mercury emissions by 50% over the next 15 years. It reverses EPA's earlier position requiring stricter controls, and favors the version supported by utility companies. Critics say the go-slow approach puts people and environments at risk.  Go to full article

EPA Sets Limits on Smog

The Environmental Protection Agency has set new limits on smog and soot pollution. The aim is to help tens of millions of people who live downwind from the dirtiest coal-fired power plants in the East, South and Midwest. The EPA's new "Clean Air Interstate Rule" covers 28 states. The regulation apparently calls for most of them to cut nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide that wind can carry across state lines.  Go to full article

Winter Air Quality An Issue

Earlier this month, Environment Canada issued smog warnings for the Montreal area for six straight days. Higher elevations gave a clear view of the brown smog layer on the horizon. Quebec's environment minister Thomas Mulcair blamed wood smoke. He said in Quebec, residential wood burning accounts for more fine particle pollution than industry or transportation. And he said he'll introduce legislation this year to crack down on inefficient, polluting stoves and fireplaces. Air quality is recognized as a winter-time problem on the U.S. side of the border, too. And as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Sarah Hulett reports, we might be hearing more about this type of pollution in our daily weather reports.  Go to full article

NY Emergency Regulations Target Utilities, Acid Rain

The Pataki administration enacted emergency regulations yesterday, designed to reduce pollution from New York's power plants. State environment commissioner Erin Crotty says the rules are needed to protect the Adirondacks and the Catskills from acid rain. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

EPA Administrator Touring Great Lakes & Adks

This spring, EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt was asked to head up a task force to coordinate local, state, and federal agencies in cleaning up the Great Lakes. Now he's touring the region to learn more. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports.  Go to full article

EPA Responds to Disparate Water Quality Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency says it's trying to get states around the Great Lakes to use uniform standards to monitor water quality. But the EPA says the fact that different states use different methods doesn't put anyone at risk. More from the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Stephanie Hemphill.  Go to full article

Court Clears GE to Sue EPA Over Superfund Cleanups

An appeals court has ruled General Electric has the right to challenge federal orders to clean up toxic waste sires, a decision the Environmental Protection Agency warns could weaken the Superfund cleanup program. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

EPA Punishes Fewer Polluters

The Environmental Protection Agency under President Bush is punishing fewer polluters than under previous administrations. That's according to analysis done by the Knight Ridder news service. More from the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mark Brush.  Go to full article

Proposed Power Plant Restrictions Could Cut Acid Rain

The Bush Administration is proposing new restrictions on power plants in the eastern U.S. which some environmental groups say would cure the problem of acid rain in the Adirondacks. The EPA announced the new policy late Thursday. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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