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,
June 2010, published by CCH Inc., a Wolters Kluwer busi-
The requirements stem from the US Supreme Court’s
ness. This article is reproduced with permission.
2007 decision in Massachusetts v. EPA, which held that the
term ‘‘air pollutant’’ in the US Clean Air Act (CAA) includes
GHGs, and EPA’s subsequent rulings that GHGs threaten
public health and welfare and that GHG emissions from UN Climate Talks Nudge Forward
on-road vehicles contribute to that threat. In March 2010,
EPA issued GHG emission standards for model years This article, dated June 14, 2010, was written by
2012–2016 light-duty motor vehicles. EPA has decided that Damian Ryan of The Climate Group
GHGs will become ‘‘regulated’’ under the CAA when the (www.theclimategroup.com), and is reproduced with
new light-duty vehicle standards take effect on January 2, permission.