- WEB EXCLUSIVE
- PE COFFEEHAUS
The EPA has identified 13 states that need to make changes to their plans, allowing them to issue permits that include GHG emissions. These states include Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Texas and Wyoming. Of these, Texas has already indicated it plans to resist changes to its permitting program.
In its press release, the agency said it believes states are best-suited to issue permits to sources of GHG emissions due to their long-standing experience working together with industrial facilities. The Clean Air Act requires states to develop EPA approved implementation plans that include requirements for issuing air permits. New permits are issued for new plants, or those that trigger the New Source Review provisions of the Clean Air Act thanks to significant upgrades.
Effectively, the decision to regulate through the Clean Air Act's current enforcement program provides the same benefits and drawbacks as other agency regulations, delaying control requirements for industry, but also substantially increasing the investments needed for upgrades and improvements, as the facilities try to avoid tripping the regulatory wire.
SOURCE: EPA press release