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States go to forefront as EPA chips away at backlog of decisions

from Bloomberg

Shifting the burden of environmental protection to states could speed approvals of air and water permits that businesses need to operate, as the EPA tries to halve its backlog of overdue decisions. "It's embarrassing" that the Environmental Protection Agency doesn't have a system for tracking its legal deadlines for state implementation plans for air pollutants, approving permits, setting water and air quality standards, and developing plans to clean up polluted waters, said Henry Darwin, the EPA's operations chief. more

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