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Dec 2005
December 14, 2005

Warner Norcross Attorneys Author an Amicus Brief for the States of Indiana, Ohio and South Carolina to the D.C. Circuit on One of the Bush Administration's Clean Air Act Rules

Attorneys from Warner Norcross & Judd LLP were retained to assist the states of Indiana, Ohio and South Carolina in filing an amicus brief in support of the Bush Administration's 2003 rules changing aspects of EPA's Routine Maintenance, Repair and Replacement exemptions under the New Source Review program of the Clean Air Act. The changes clarify and, to some extent, streamline regulatory review of when an installation of new equipment is a modification, triggering assessment under the New Source Review program.

Steve Kohl and John Bursch, partners at Warner Norcross, were the authors of the briefing. In 2003 the rule was stayed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia at the request of several northeastern states and environmental groups. Indiana, Ohio and South Carolina have gone on record to support the rule change, which will make it easier for states to administer provisions of the Clean Air Act. Kohl, who concentrates his practice on environmental law, said the D.C. Circuit Court should issue a decision in 2006.

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