EPA Publishes GHG Regulations

By January 8, 2014Economy, Energy

Today, the EPA published in the Federal Register its proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations for new power plants. In this proposed rule, EPA has elected the most restrictive and expensive regulatory path based on, at best, a liberal interpretation of the Clean Air Act. A similar interpretation under a different set of GHG rules is now the subject of a Supreme Court case to be argued in February.

Pushing beyond the limits of their regulatory authority in attempts to enact the most aggressive rules possible inevitably requires intervention from the courts and leaves manufacturers in a land of perpetual regulatory uncertainty. Of great concern to manufacturers is the precedent this rule sets for the pending rule on existing power plants and future GHG regulations for other industrial sectors.

While manufacturers continue to believe that the Clean Air Act is the wrong tool for addressing GHGs, within this regulatory regime there is room for the Administration to achieve its policy goals without setting unachievable standards. The NAM encourages the Administration to adopt a more reasonable approach in the final rule.

 

Greg Bertelsen

Greg Bertelsen

Senior Director of Energy and Resources Policy at National Association of Manufacturers
Greg Bertelsen is the director of energy and resources policy at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Mr. Bertelsen oversees the NAM’s environmental policy work and has expertise on issues ranging from air quality, climate change, energy efficiency, major EPA regulations and the rulemaking process.Mr. Bertelsen’ s background includes legal, policy and government relations experience on a range of key energy and environmental issues. Mr. Bertelsen received his JD from American University and his undergraduate degree from Dickinson College.
Greg Bertelsen

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