The group has long sought to clarify and streamline (and, in the eyes of environmentalists, weaken) the NSR program.
But Frank O’Donnell, president of the advocacy group Clean Air Watch, cheered EPA’s proposal.
“We applaud EPA’s decision to propose closing this polluter loophole. It was one of the last-minute Bush administration gifts to polluters. It’s a loophole that needs to be closed,” he said.