By | August 27, 2007
In early July, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) formally sued the U.S. EPA through the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. According to NRDC attorney John Walke, the council is challenging the EPA's decision to raise a newly built ethanol plant's emissions limit from 100 tons per year to 250 tons per year before the facility must install federal emissions controls, which can reduce emissions by 90 percent to 95 percent. The change alarmed the NRDC, especially since the ethanol industry touts itself as being environmentally friendly, Walke told EPM. At press time, the EPA hadn't responded to the NRDC's action.