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Fed Update: US-EPA publishes tailoring rule requirements for GHG from stationary sources

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, Oct. 29, 2009 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule designed to "tailor" the applicability thresholds for stationary source greenhouse gas (GHG) emission sources regulated under the Clean Air Act (CAA).   In particular, the proposed regulation, more commonly referred to as the "Tailoring Rule," applies to large facilities subject to Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Title V permitting requirements and, in effect, would increase the number of permitted facilities under the CAA.  Not surprisingly, the proposed rule has resulted in an outcry over the potential far-reaching impact of this action, and many question EPA's authority to tailor the CAA requirements in this manner.  EPA's proposed emission rule is expected to affect nearly 14,000 GHG sources, including approximately 3,000 new facilities.

Due to the potential widespread impact of the rule on a variety of entities, we encourage companies to consider submitting comments regarding this proposed rule before the comment deadline.  EPA plans to hold a public hearing on this proposal by November 16, 2009, and will receive comments from interested parties until December 28, 2009.

For a more information, including how to register your comments, go to: http://www.epa.gov/NSR/fs20090930action.html

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