EPA Proposes Regulations on Biggest Greenhouse Gas Emitters

By Jim Tankersly in the Los Angeles Times, September 30 3009

The Environmental Protection Agency announced plans today to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, factories and oil refineries -- a warning shot to Congress that if it does not move to curb global warming, the Obama administration will act on its own.

The proposed regulation would apply to large-scale industrial sources of the heat-trapping gases but not to smaller sources, such as new schools, as some critics of EPA action had feared. It will force new -- or substantially modified -- industrial emitters to "demonstrate the use of best available control technologies and energy efficiency measures" to minimize greenhouse-gas emissions, according to the EPA.

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