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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
                                                                  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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Description: 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.
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