American Machinist

Clean Air Act hits smaller firms. (Government)

Clean Air Act hits smaller firms WASHINGTON--When Congress and the Administration ended a decade of debate over how to amend the nation's law regulating air pollution, the American public was left with one of the most sweeping and far-reaching pieces of environmental legislation passed in memory. With the most glaring problems and obvious solutions already taken in the last 20 years, the federal government now has erected a pollution-control regime that focuses more on small businesses and the everyday activities of individuals.

That means the new Clean Air Act will regulate the industrial activities of companies that have had little to worry about in the past because they were emitting heretofore-unregulated levels of pollutants, such as hydrocarbons and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

"The extent of the impact will depend on the manufacturing process the individual machinery builder has," says Charles A. …

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