EPA can proceed with GHG regulations: court
A federal court upheld the EPA’s authority to regulate GHGs starting next year. A US court of appeals denied a request by the state of Texas and some business groups that would have put a halt to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to regulate GHGs from new stationary sources in January (2011). Although it plans to phase in its regulations slowly, the EPA has said it will use its authority under the federal Clean Air Act to eventually regulate 85 per cent of greenhouse gases in the US economy.
“This is a victory for every American who wants better gas mileage and cleaner cars and factories. It means cleaner air, a stronger economy and a healthier future for us all,” said David Doniger, a policy director at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
Although the request was considered a long shot since the appeals court rarely grants “stay” motions, businesses still expressed their frustration with the outcome. “Manufacturers are disappointed in the court’s decision today to deny our motion of stay against EPA,” said Quentin Riegel, deputy general counsel with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
Source: Carbon Market North America