EPA to Limit Emissions from Power Plants and Refineries
Federal greenhouse gas regulations might have died this year in the Senate, but not in Washington. It appears that the Obama administration is going ahead with new greenhouse gas emissions limits via the Clean Air Act and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Under this federal clean air standard, the EPA has the ability to require pollution controls at both new and existing facilities – in this case, power plants and refineries. The President and his advisors previously laid out the Clean Air Act as a potential backstop to failure on the hill – and it looks like they weren’t bluffing.
A bold move – especially in the face of a shifting House of Representatives (Republicans will take control of the House in less than 30 days, with a new majority). The Obama administration is already preparing for a battle…
But, in the meantime, EPA has said that they will finalize rules for power plants by May 26, 2012 and for refineries by November 10, 2012.