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MAJOR U.S. BUSINESS GROUPS GIRD FOR BATTLE OVER EPA CARBON REGULATIONS

If Republicans achieve their expected gains in next week’s election, probably the first Obama Administration position they will attack will be the coming EPA effort to regulate carbon emissions.
 
A broad coalition of business and industry groups – including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Petroleum Institute, the National Manufacturers Association and the American Chemistry Council – fired the first shot yesterday, asking Republican leaders to take on the EPA as soon as the House and Senate reconvene for the lame-duck session.  The most likely target is a moratorium on the rulemaking attached to either an omnibus budget or new continuing resolution.
 
The threat to allow the EPA to start writing carbon regulations was the sword the President held over Congress’s head during his efforts to pass cap-and-trade or some other carbon regime. Many speculated it was only a gambit but now the Administration is obligated to follow through.
 
Business and industry, on the other hand, argue that the EPA effort would impose “substantial costs and burdens on U.S. jobs and state resources while intruding on Congress’s important leadership role in developing energy policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” 
 
The EPA regulations, based the U.S. Supreme Court decision that declared carbon dioxide a “pollutant,” are aimed mainly at stationary sources, notably power plants. Significantly, they will require clearance before any new sources can be added to a state’s air shed. Utility owners are already arguing they will be forced to delay the construction of new capacity, even relatively clean natural gas plants intended to replace old coal plants.
 
The business and industry group’s letter was addressed to two Republicans and eight Democrats, including Mary Landrieu, of Louisiana, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, all of whom represent states with strong dependence on coal.


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3 Responses to “MAJOR U.S. BUSINESS GROUPS GIRD FOR BATTLE OVER EPA CARBON REGULATIONS”

  1. David Says:

    In the rules posted by the EPA just weeks ago they were clear that they are targeting all sources of CO2 and specifically mention transportation sources. But in the interest of not being overwhelmed by too many applications they have limited the regulations for now…. to new sources of CO2 of greater than 75,000 tons / year starting in January 2, 2011. Basically, any business that uses a boiler for heating its facility. Note that 75,000 tons of CO2 is generated by burning about 1/3 of that weight in carbon based fuels. Nothing in the rules excludes biomass.

    From the Tailoring Rules published just this month.

    Covered Pollutants
    • On April 1, 2010, EPA and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Safety
    Administration issued the first national rule limiting GHG emissions from cars and light
    trucks. The requirements of the GHG light duty vehicle rule take effect on January 2, 2011,
    the earliest date that 2012 vehicles meeting the standards can be sold in the United States.
    On that date, CAA permitting program requirements will apply to stationary sources of these
    pollutants.

  2. David Says:

    In the rules posted by the EPA just weeks ago they were clear that they are targeting all sources of CO2 and specifically mention transportation sources. But in the interest of not being overwhelmed by too many applications they have limited the regulations for now…. to new sources of CO2 of greater than 75,000 tons / year starting in January 2, 2011. Basically, any business that uses a boiler for heating its facility. Note that 75,000 tons of CO2 is generated by burning about 1/3 of that weight in carbon based fuels. Nothing in the rules excludes biomass.

    From the Tailoring Rules published just this month.

    Covered Pollutants
    • On April 1, 2010, EPA and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Safety
    Administration issued the first national rule limiting GHG emissions from cars and light
    trucks. The requirements of the GHG light duty vehicle rule take effect on January 2, 2011,
    the earliest date that 2012 vehicles meeting the standards can be sold in the United States.
    On that date, CAA permitting program requirements will apply to stationary sources of these
    pollutants.

  3. David Says:

    In the rules posted by the EPA just weeks ago they were clear that they are targeting all sources of CO2 and specifically mention transportation sources. But in the interest of not being overwhelmed by too many applications they have limited the regulations for now…. to new sources of CO2 of greater than 75,000 tons / year starting in January 2, 2011. Basically, any business that uses a boiler for heating its facility. Note that 75,000 tons of CO2 is generated by burning about 1/3 of that weight in carbon based fuels. Nothing in the rules excludes biomass.

    From the Tailoring Rules published just this month.

    Covered Pollutants
    • On April 1, 2010, EPA and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Safety
    Administration issued the first national rule limiting GHG emissions from cars and light
    trucks. The requirements of the GHG light duty vehicle rule take effect on January 2, 2011,
    the earliest date that 2012 vehicles meeting the standards can be sold in the United States.
    On that date, CAA permitting program requirements will apply to stationary sources of these
    pollutants.