On May 13, 2010, the US EPA finalized a rule to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from large stationary sources. After extensive study, debate, and hundreds of thousands of public comments, EPA has set common-sense thresholds for GHGs that will spark clean technology innovation and protect small businesses and farms, said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. The requirements stem from the US Supreme Court's 2007 decision in Massachusetts v. EPA, which held that the term "air pollutant" in the US Clean Air Act (CAA) includes GHGs. EPA developed the recently finalized "tailoring rule" to avoid the chaos that would result from simply using the original CAA thresholds.
557 Enviromation For more information on the proposed legislation, will kick in for large facilities that are already obtaining CAA please see www.gov.ns.ca/nse/pests. permits for other pollutants. Those facilities will be required to include GHGs in their permit, if they increase GHG emis- sions by at least 75,000 tpy. NORTH AMERICAN AND WORLD In July 2011, CAA permitting requirements will expand to cover all new facilities with GHG emissions of at least UPDATES 100,000 tpy, and modifications at existing facilities that would increase GHG emissions by at least 75,000 tpy. These permits must demonstrate the use of best available control technologies to minimize GHG emissions when facilities EPA Finalizes GHG Permitting Requirements are constructed or significantly modified. On May 13, 2010, the US Environmental Protection Under the new emission thresholds for GHGs that Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to address greenhouse gas begin in July 2011, EPA estimates that approximately (GHG) emissions from large stationary sources. ‘‘After 900 additional PSD permitting actions covering new extensive study, debate, and hundreds of thousands of sources and modifications to existing sources would be public comments, EPA has set common-sense thresholds subject to review each year. In addition, 550 sources will for [GHGs] that will spark clean technology innovation and need to obtain operating permits for the first time because protect small businesses and farms’’, said EPA Adminis- of their GHG emissions. trator Lisa Jackson. ‘‘There is no denying our responsibility to protect the planet for our children and grandchildren. For more information, see www.epa.gov/nsr/ It’s long past time we unleashed our American ingenuity actions.html. and started building the efficient, prosperous clean energy economy of the future.’’ Source: BUSINESS AND THE ENVIRONMENT, Vol. XXI, No. 6,
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