Help guide Ecology’s closure of the “Startup-Shutdown-Malfunction” Loophole

EPA has directed the states to close a loophole in the clean air laws that allowed factories to sidestep responsibility if it could be said that their excess emissions happened when equipment was Starting up, Shutting down or Malfunctioning, aka the “SSM Loophole.” WA Dept of Ecology has an advisory committee, open to anyone, that …

Today, Ecology issues final updated Clean Air Rules for WA State

This morning WA Dept of Ecology sent out this letter announcing their final version of their updated implementation of the federal Clean Air Act rules (aka “SIP”=State Implementation Plan). PTAW and numerous other environmental groups submitted comments critiquing it as kow-towing too much to corporate interests (link to comments is in the letter below). You …