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Name of Article:
Activists Eye Suit to Block South Coast Credits for Power Projects 
Title of Book/Journal:
Inside Cal/EPA 
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Publication Date:
September 15, 2006     
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pollution Credits
According to the article, environmental activists “may sue the [South Coast Air Quality Management District (“AQMD”)] over a recent decision to open a pollution credit reserve to energy companies seeking to build new plants in the region to meet growing power demands.” In addition, AQMD “faces widespread opposition to a plan to potentially hike prices for these credits in environmental justice communities, in an attempt to persuade facilities to locate facilities in non-EJ areas.” On September 8, 2006, the AQMD approved amendments to Rule 1309.1, which allowed “new power projects to purchase pollution credits contained in the districts ‘priority reserve.’” Previously, only essential public services could use this priority reserve. Further, AQMD adopted Rule 1315, which created an “accounting methodology for [AQMD] to track credits created and those subtracted from the reserve.” Environmentalists indicated that a potential lawsuit against AQMD may be imminent over the rules, which they believe “essentially create new credits arbitrarily and revive expired credits, and violate state law. [They] are concerned about plants that are proposed to be located in EJ areas, which they contend will worsen air quality in these already impacted areas.” To address these environmental justice concerns, AQMD may propose an “amendment boosting the price of credits for projects planned in EJ communities, . . . [such that] to buy credits in a neighborhood that is EJ . . . would cost . . . twice as much . . . as a credit in an area not as environmentally challenged.” Article taken from EJ in the News.

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