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EPA to Set Pace for Greenhouse Gas Standards

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

EPA to Set Pace for Greenhouse Gas Standards

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U.S. Rep. John Sullivan and U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe decried the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's move to issue a plan to establish greenhouse gas pollution standards.

The EPA on Thursday said it was moving forward on greenhouse gas, or GHG, standards for coal fuel power plants and petroleum refineries - two of the largest industrial sources - representing nearly 40 percent of the GHG pollution in the U.S.

The EPA will propose standards for power plants in July 2011 and for refineries in December 2011. The agency will issue final standards in May 2012 and November 2012, respectively, said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, during a press conference.

"We are focusing where we can make the most significant reductions in a cost-effective way," McCarthy said.

Republicans Sullivan and Inhofe called the EPA announcement a backdoor attempt to implement the Obama administration's failed job- killing cap-and-trade scheme. The EPA move confirms that the administration remains determined to implement a national energy tax on American families and businesses, Sullivan said.

"It is something that will wreak havoc on our economy and place even more American jobs at risk," Sullivan said.

When the 112th Congress convenes in January, Sullivan will become the vice chairman of the Energy and Power Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over energy and air quality issues as they pertain to EPA greenhouse gas regulation.

"I am determined to hold the EPA accountable and to rein in their backdoor cap and tax schemes through strict oversight and increased accountability," Sullivan said.

The latest EPA maneuver will add to EPA's enormous regulatory burden on the economy, Inhofe said, and will inevitably make consumers pay more for gasoline and electricity.

"Jobs will also be at risk," Inhofe said. "We will be examining the rule through vigorous oversight in the coming months."

There are more than 500 refineries and power plants in the U.S., McCarthy said.

"We are simply looking at permitting new facilities to make sure they are efficient and reduce greenhouse gases and we are about looking at current facilities to ensure all the facilities are as clean as they can be," McCarthy said. …

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