EPA to Regulate GHG’s

The EPA has formally declared greenhouse gasses (GHGs) to be a threat to public health and the environment under provisions of the Clean Air Act. That move clears the way for federal regulation, whether or not climate change legislation is passed by Congress.

At this point, EPA’s endangerment finding on GHGs in relation to climate change is not expected to include any proposed regulations. However, it does pave the way for the tailoring rule and several other pending EPA rules.

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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