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    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
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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