“It’s about providing the information and tool necessary to states, tribes, and local agencies to ensure a smooth transition for permitting authorities and industry to address greenhouse gas emissions.”
McCarthy says the EPA is disappointed that Texas hasn’t engaged in its greenhouse gas permitting process, but is hopeful they will come to an agreement soon.
“We are continuing to work with Texas. We’re hoping that we can identify a process that they will concur meets the needs of their industry. But we will not allow Texas to fall behind in terms of their ability for their businesses to get permits in a timely way.”
The EPA’s new carbon regulations will apply to new or modified facilities. Industry groups have been concerned that the new requirements will be too costly and inefficient for businesses to follow. But the EPA says it will be working closely with its partners at the state and local levels to make greenhouse gas permitting less cumbersome. For more information, visit the guidance document.