Latest EPA Final Rule Seeks to Prevent Future Actions on Climate Change

In response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule, “Pollutant-Specific Significant Contribution Finding for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units, and Process for Determining Significance of Other New Source Performance Standards Source Categories,” Harold Wimmer, President and CEO of the American Lung Association, issued the following statement:

“On the heels of a slew of dangerous final actions, EPA has finalized a new rule that seeks to prevent the agency from limiting greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas industry and other polluting industry sources in the future.

“The rule EPA just finalized is unconscionable. It officially establishes that electricity generating units (EGUs, or power plants) contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. – which sounds reasonable, but actually has the impact of attempting to cement an additional regulatory step the agency must take before limiting greenhouse gas emissions from industry. Worse, the rule establishes an artificial new pollution threshold for future regulation. While the rule sounds like a technical tweak, it attempts to declare that greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas industry, refiners and industrial boilers cannot be regulated in the future as long as their emissions fall below that threshold.

“Given the dire health effects of climate change Americans are already experiencing, EPA’s action is reckless. We call on President-elect Biden to rescind the rule and to urgently and dramatically reduce greenhouse gases from new and existing power plants and other sources that advance health equity by maximizing reductions in other air pollutants at the same time.”

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