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Stabenow, Levin ask EPA for reprieve from Clean Air Act
Associated Press

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 issue.

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.

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