Power plant rules will come in July, oil refineries by Dec.
Kim Chipman - DETNEWS
- December 24, 2010
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, under fire from lawmakers trying to stop greenhouse-gas rules set to start next month, said it will issue a second wave of carbon-emissions regulations by July.
The EPA will propose new standards under the Clean Air Act for power plants by July and for oil refineries by December as part of an agreement with environmental groups and states pushing for further limits on emissions linked to climate change, the agency said in a statement Thursday.
The agency will begin its first phase of regulating carbon-dioxide pollution from power utilities and refineries on Jan. 2. The new rule, pushed by President Barack Obama after Congress failed to pass legislation capping greenhouse gases, is opposed by Republicans, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Democratic lawmakers such as Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Thursday sought to respond to concern that the rules will burden business with excessive new costs and hurt the economy... [Read More]