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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Beyond nuisance regulation: EPA's practical approach to the allocation of state responsibility for interstate pollution and climate change
11:30 AM -  1:00 PM

Among the most powerful rationales for a federal role in environmental regulation is the interstate nature of so many of the nation's most intractable pollution problems. Two recent EPA rulemakings, one addressing a decades-old conventional interstate air pollution problem and the other the agency's newly-minted Clean Power Plan for the climate change contributions of America's electricity sector, promise a more enlightened approach. In them, the agency moves beyond nuisance-based concepts to take account of the states' differing economic and energy development trajectories and the practical necessities of reducing pollution in a cost-effective manner.