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Proposed Rules on Clean Air Act Permitting for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Published; Comments Due in October

09/03/10

Source: SOCMA
Related Topics: Clean Air Act (as Amended) Climate Change
The two new proposed rules on Clean Air Act Permitting for Greenhouse Gas Emissions – first described on this site on August 12 – were published in the Federal Register on September 2. As previously noted, one rule requires permitting programs in 13 states to make changes to their implementation plans to ensure that GHG emissions will be covered. Additionally, all other states that implement an EPA-approved air permitting program must review their existing permitting authority and inform EPA if their programs do not address GHG emissions. In the second rule, EPA is proposing a federal implementation plan, which would allow EPA to issue permits for large GHG emitters located in the states that are not able to develop and submit revisions to their plans before the Tailoring Rule becomes effective in 2011. This would be a temporary measure that is in place until the state can revise its own plan and resume responsibility for GHG permitting. A public hearing on the Federal Implementation Plan Proposal will be held in Washington, D.C. on September 14. Comments on the state-targeted rule are due October 4; comments on the Federal Implementation Plan Proposal are due October 14.





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