Magazine article Journal of Property Management

EPA Issues Final Rule on Co2 Emissions

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

EPA Issues Final Rule on Co2 Emissions

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IN OCTOBER, THE EPA PROPOSED A NEW RULE TO TAILOR APPLICABILITY STANDARDS FOR GREENHOUSE GAS (GHG) emissions from stationary sources under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Title V programs of the Clean Air Act. Stationary sources include any building or stationary facility that emits greenhouse gases. At current Clean Air Act standards (250 tons per year), sources such as small- to mid-sized office buildings, apartment buildings, schools, hospitals and other buildings could be subject to costly and burdensome permitting requirements.

The EPA proposed the rule in response to an April 2007 Supreme Court decision, in which the agency was directed to conduct tests as to whether or not green house gas emissions contribute to air pollution to an extent that it would endanger public health or welfare. In December 2009, the EPA identified six greenhouse gases that contribute to air pollution and may endanger public health, including carbon dioxide (CO2). This is known as the "endangerment finding."

In May, the EPA issued a final rule known as the Tailoring Rule to establish thresholds for GHG emissions, including CO2. The EPA will implement the new regulations using a phased-in approach. The first step will begin on January 2, 2011, and will apply only to emitters that fall under current Title V and PSD permitting requirements. The second step, beginning July 1, 2011, will phase in additional large sources of GHG emissions. …

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