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EPA Sends White House Finding on Greenhouse Gas Endangerment

On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it sent the White House Office of Management and Budget its proposed finding that greenhouse gases endanger human health and welfare, according to a posting on the Wall Street Journal’s Environmental Capital blog.

Adoption of that endangerment finding is the legal precursor to regulating such gases under the Clean Air Act. “This is the next step in the regulatory process. Nothing has been finalized at this point, and the April 2009 proposed findings are still just that—proposed and being reviewed through the regulatory process,” an EPA spokeswoman said.

EPA must finalize the endangerment finding before it can issue the final emissions limits. Review by the White House Office of Management and Budget is usually the last step before the agency issues a final rule.

EPA is responding to a 2007 Supreme Court decision that said carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are air pollutants under the Clean Air Act, and that EPA is required to determine whether emissions from cars and trucks endanger public health and welfare. An endangerment finding triggers the requirement for EPA to regulate those emissions.

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  1. […] EPA’s “Endangerment Finding” allows EPA to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air […]

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