GHG guidelines for states issued by EPA

Posted on November 18, 2010 by

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently released guidelines for states to issue permits for industrial facilities that are major sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These guidelines will be relevant to the states when new federal regulations take effect on January 2, 2011. These guidelines have been crafted to give states flexibility in deciding how best to limit GHG emissions, to take into consideration the local circumstances and techno-economic realities.

There is no congressional action on climate and energy legislation. It is also likely to continue in similar state under a divided Congress when the Republicans take control of the U.S. House next year. The EPA has managed to press ahead with its plans to bring GHG emissions under its regulatory authority. Business associations and politicians from major industrial states have been criticizing these plans. The criticism is likely to continue for the new guidelines.

The full guidance document is available here.