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DEP Secretary Krancer Continues to Battle Clean Air Council

Susan Phillips / StateImpact Pennsylvania

Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer at a press conference in Marcus Hook detailing the results of the IHS study on refinery re-use.

Last month we reported on a battle between the Clean Air Council and the Department of Environmental Protection over air permits. Clean Air Council filed a lawsuit against the DEP challenging the agency’s decision to aggregate two Philadelphia area refineries for the purpose of determining air emission requirements. The CAA says the DEP employs a double standard because the agency does not apply the same standards to oil and gas fields in rural Pennsylvania.

To read more on this issue, click here.

On Wednesday, Secretary Krancer sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson asking the Agency to reject the Clean Air Council’s petition.

Krancer references letters from Leo Gerard, head of the United Steelworkers International, and Rob Wonderling, CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Both Gerard and Wonderling support DEP’s refinery decision based on job-creation and economic development. Krancer says the Clean Air Council is out of touch.

To read Secretary Krancer’s entire letter, see below. 

Clean Air Council director Joe Minott says Krancer spends more time attacking his organization, than addressing the legal merits of the case.

“It’s not a serious response to a serious legal issue,” Minott tells StateImpact. “It’s a whine about Clean Air Council. And frankly we think the secretary misunderstands both the law, and the 6th Circuit decision.”

The 6th circuit decision on Summit Petroleum v. EPA, ruled that aggregating air polluters for the sake of emission regulation should not be based on interdependence, or a “functional interrelationship.” The 6th circuit decision is not legally binding in Pennsylvania, but it could influence a judge’s decision. But when it comes to the refineries, the Summit Petroleum decision would seem to side not with the DEP’s position on aggregation, but against aggregation of the refineries. For a good explanation of the Summit Petroleum decision, click here. To read Secretary Krancer’s entire letter to the EPA, see below.

 

Comments

  • Russ Allen

    The DEP can’t have it both ways when comes to aggregation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julieann-Wozniak/100002513093193 Julieann Wozniak

    My mom is dying of lung disease. My town is surrounded by old, belching coal burning plants whose owners think it’s OK to kill the ratepayers. Krancer is an ass.

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