Stabenow, Levin ask EPA for reprieve
from Clean Air Act
HOLLAND -- U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin
have requested that western Michigan counties that get
air pollution from Chicago and Milwaukee not be punished
under clean air standards that will be released in April.
The Michigan Democrats sent a letter to Mike Leavitt,
the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, on
Tuesday asking for an emergency meeting to discuss the
The letter acknowledges that some counties in Michigan
will fail to meet federal standards for clean air because
of pollution they produced on their own. But counties
along Lake Michigan may also fall below standards because
of pollution from the cross-lake cities.
Messages seeking comment were left Thursday with EPA
offices in Washington and Chicago.
Areas that fall below federal standards are required
to come up with a plan for meeting the standards within
five years. Those plans often require that all new businesses
that are potential sources of pollution go through a permitting
process that sets emission limits. It also requires areas
to inventory their pollution sources.
It has the potential of preventing some companies from
locating or operating in the area.