AURORA, NC (WITN) – The head of the Environmental Protection Agency was in Eastern Carolina Thursday to announce a rollback on Nutrien Aurora Phosphate regulations.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the easing of a standard for the production of phosphoric acid that he says should not lead to increases in mercury or other dangerous air pollutants.
The EPA says the move will save $ 26 million and hundreds of jobs over the next five years.
In 2015, under the Obama administration, the EPA announced new rules for manufacturing phosphoric acid in accordance with National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants.
The company, then PCS Phosphate, filed an application with the EPA under the Trump administration in 2016 to adjust its standards for the production of phosphoric acid.
An EPA press release said it made the revision “based on newly available data and after conducting an on-site visit that the previous standard was not based on an accurate determination of the level of emission reductions achievable at source. “
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