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EPA planning new climate rules times two

POLITICO reports the Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to a schedule for new regulations of greenhouse gases – in addition to the ones slated to kick in Jan. 2.

The new rules would go a step beyond the regulations of large sources of greenhouse gases kicking in next month. Those rules only apply to new and upgraded facilities and limits will be set case by case while the additional standards, now planned for final action by 2012, would set targets for individual industries and could require older facilities to control carbon dioxide emissions.


“Under the schedule agreed to by EPA, states and environmental groups, the agency will issue a draft greenhouse gas performance standard for power plants by July 2011 and a final rule by May 2012. The agreement – which comes after states and environmentalists challenged the George W. Bush administration’s failure to set the standards – requires EPA to issue a draft limit for refineries by Dec. 2011 and a final rule by Nov. 2012.

The White House Office of Management and Budget has signed off on the schedule, according to a litigant in the legal fight.

The standards are part of a series of climate rules from the Obama administration that have faced fierce opposition from industry groups and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. And while the policies won’t go final for more than a year, the political ramifications will come immediately.”

The new rules add fuel to the fire of anti-EPA sentiment that’s been burning since the mid-term elections.
They also have the potential to undercut a major lawsuit pending before the U.S. Supreme Court – American Electric Power v. Connecticut – where the state and environmental groups are trying to get utilities to cut greenhouse gas emissions by arguing they are a public nuisance. Parties to the lawsuit said new climate rules from the EPA would offset their nuisance argument.

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