January 18, 2021

EPA Issues New Regulation On Greenhouse Gas Emissions

On January 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a regulation to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but only from new, modified, or reconstructed stationary sources in the electric utility generating sector. The regulation does not apply to existing stationary sources.

As the Washington, D.C.-based newspaper The Hill explained, the new rule “allow[s] future greenhouse gas limits only on power plants, sidestepping oversight over the oil and gas industry, iron and steel manufacturers and other polluting industries.”

The agency did not seek public comment on the proposal.

As The Hill also explained, the rule will not take effect for 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register, a timeline that means it is likely to be blocked by President-elect Joe Biden who has pledged to sign an executive order to freeze the implementation of any regulations that have not yet taken effect. Click here to read the EPA’s announcement.