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GHG and the Crystal Ball: EPA’s Not-So-Clear Path Forward

Join Environmental Leader for a webinar on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 11am PST/2pm EST, discussing the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Mandatory Reporting Rule (MRR).

A lot has changed since the EPA first proposed the rule in March 2009. At the time, the EPA said a key goal was was to understand the breadth and scope of emissions, so the agency could then make informed decisions about regulatory options for GHGs. As required by the April 2007 Supreme Court ruling that GHG is an air pollutant under the Clean Air Act (CAA), the EPA initiated a process to determine if GHG emissions pose a danger to public health or welfare.

The EPA did make an Endangerment Finding, proposing it in April 2009 and finalizing it in December 2009. After that, the agency initiated three GHG regulatory pathways: vehicle standards; PSD and Title V applicability for new major sources (The Tailoring Rule and related PSD actions); and New Source Performance Standards (required of the agency via consent decrees in settlement of lawsuits initiated by states and environmental groups).

Since then, EPA regulations have come under sustained attack from Republicans, and the agency has stalled many of its proposed rules. It has twice delayed GHG regulations on power plants, and just last week the agency said it will put off proposing the country’s first-ever greenhouse gas limits on oil refineries. Given these developments, what does the crystal ball say about the future of GHG regulation?

Register now to join John McManus, vice president of environmental services at American Electric Power, and Greg Gasperecz, VP of EHS at Enviance, who will discuss the business impact of these regulations and forecast what’s next to come. They will address:

  • Background and timeline of the EPA GHG regulations
  • Impacts of these regulations to U.S. companies
  • Important takeaways from the last two years under the Obama administration
  • Possible paths the EPA might take in regulating GHG emissions.

This webcast offers both essential education and practical advice from expert practitioners on one of the most dynamic areas of environmental regulation today.

Register here.

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