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If the UN climate talks were an unruly teenage student this is probably the mid-year report it would have received following the conclusion of the latest round of negotiations in Bonn, Germany last week. To be fair, the fate of this particular student is in the hands of 190 odd countries, any one of whom has the capacity to block progress and stymie any chance of graduation. For the glass-half full optimist though, the two weeks of negotiations showed that progress remains possible. Those with a glass-half empty view of the world, however, could equally have justified a more pessimistic assessment. Agreement on a clear road map for completing negotiations expeditiously, and some early "quick wins" would do much to help mitigate criticism.
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, 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. 2011.
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