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“Breaking the Logjam” and SIP Transformation

May 8, 2012

This is a fantastic book with some incredible insights on what changes are needed to the Clean Air Act to take us to the future that awaits us.  Here is what Professor Schoenbrod and his colleauges write about the SIP process:

  • “The Clean Air Act relies on two approaches to reduce criteria pollutants.  Sometimes Congress directly requires sources to reduce their emissions; in general, direct federal regulation has proved to be a successful way of reducing criteria pollutants.  [. . .] However, the centerpiece of the Clean Air Act is the state implementation planning process.  Under this process states are required to adopt state implementation plans (SIPs) to reduce emissions with their borders sufficiently to achieve the National Ambient Air Quality Standards by specified deadlines.  The state implementation planning process is widely regarded as an unwieldy process that consumes the limited time of federal, state and local environmental agencies.” 

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