EPA rebuffs groups seeking reversal of greenhouse gas ruling

31/07/2010

The Environmental Protection Agency has rejected 10 separate petitions from numerous groups and states asking it to withdraw its endangerment finding that greenhouse gases are a threat to public health.

The EPA ruling, published July 29 in a 217-page document, does not affect any of the federal lawsuits still pending that seek to accomplish the same purpose. The endangerment finding, made in December, allows EPA to begin regulating greenhouse gases as harmful air pollutants, and paves the way for EPA to regulate emissions from 6 million stationary sources in the U.S., including 200,000 manufacturing plants.

Both the chemical and plastics industries are concerned that such rules could lead utilities to switch to natural gas — which serves as both...
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