Air Quality en Groups Protest Proposed Air Toxins Change <p>A bill passed in the General Assembly last year could ease environmental restrictions on some industries including paper mills and power plants that are sources of air pollution.</p><p>If approved by state agencies, the measure would allow those industries to comply only with federal regulations and bypass separate state air toxins rules created in 1989. Environmental and community groups hope to stop the plan from going forward.</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:37:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 22815 at Groups Protest Proposed Air Toxins Change Hearings On Proposed Changes To Air Rules <p>There are public hearings on proposed changes to auto emissions tests and toxic air pollutant rules this week in Raleigh.</p><p>A bill that passed the legislature would exempt cars and light-duty trucks from their first three years of auto emissions tests. Right now cars and trucks are exempt only during their first year. That hearing is Wednesday evening. And another hearing is scheduled for Thursday on a bill that would change the state's rules for controlling toxic air pollutants.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 22661 at Hearings On Proposed Changes To Air Rules