The Grand Portage Reservation is at the northeastern tip of Minnesota. The Air Quality Program has many ongoing projects in order to maintain healthy indoor and outdoor air. These projects include monitoring for regional haze and particulate matter, indoor air quality, invasive plant removal, public outreach, environmental education, alternative energy, and climate change.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Good News for Cleaner Air

In spite of intense efforts by the Bush administration to loosen rules on emissions, the EPA has dropped plans that would have allowed expansion of power plants without triggering the New Source Review portion of the Clean Air Act.

The EPA has also dropped another proposed rule change that would have allowed polluters near National Parks and other Class 1 airsheds to use computer models to average annual emissions for new air permits. Critics charge that this would mask shorter term spikes in pollutants.

By dropping these proposed changes the EPA is clearing the way for the Obama administration to set its own agenda with regards to industrial pollution controls, and I for one am looking forward to seeing who the new EPA administrator will be. Judging by the quality of appointments so far I am sure it will be someone who values science over ideology.

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