Reform or Rollback?

On December 31, 2002, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced sweeping changes to the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review (NSR) program. One of the most significant would allow industrial… Read more

Assessing State Enforcement

Americans have a right to know when their environmental laws are broken, what actions the government has taken to stop those violations, and whether those who broke the law have… Read more

Smoking Guns

This report reviews evidence indicating that large volumes of air pollution are released because flares, a pollution control device in use at many refineries and chemical plants, are poorly operated and… Read more

Bright Lines or Loopholes

The Bush Administration’s changes to the New Source Review (NSR) provisions of the Clean Air Act, announced on November 22, have opened regulatory loopholes that will allow industrial facilities and… Read more


Turning the Clock Back on the Clean Air Act

The New Source Review (NSR) provisions of the Clean Air Act prohibit companies from expanding their oil refineries or other facilities in a way that increases pollution unless they apply… Read more

Accidents Will Happen

This report analyzes emissions resulting from startup, shutdown, and malfunctions at refineries and chemical plants in Port Arthur, Texas, and the problems associated with pollution from such unpermitted emissions. The… Read more