EPA Issues Guidance to States on Greenhouse Gas Permitting

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued new guidance for states regulating big polluters. Texas is the only state that has refused to comply with the EPA’s permitting program. Wendy Siegle reports.


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The new guidance document instructs state regulators on how to permit coal-burning power plants and other major industrial polluters when the first green-house gas rules take effect January 2nd. The guidance lets states decide on the best technology companies should use to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Gina McCarthy is with the EPA.

“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.

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