EPA unveils changes to key air pollution controls permitting program, citing business certainty

The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled Tuesday a series of changes to a core permitting program that requires facilities to install air pollution controls for major upgrades or new construction.

Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the updates are critical to improve certainty for businesses, but environmental groups have warned they could further weaken pollution controls.

Reforms to the program, known as New Source Review, have been a key ask of the industry across sectors, including utilities, oil and gas producers, and manufacturing facilities. Companies have long complained the NSR program is too strict and prohibits them from being able to make upgrades that would improve the efficiency of their facilities.

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