US EPA's "sledgehammer approach" on emissions inappropriate - ACC

01 December 2009 22:53  [Source: ICIS news]

NEW YORK (ICIS news)--The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must give Congress more time to act on climate-change legislation, the chief executive of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) said on Tuesday.

“It would be prudent for the US administration to call on the EPA to halt regulatory action and give Congress more time to act on greenhouse gas [GHG] emissions,” said ACC CEO Cal Dooley in a meeting with the trade press in New York City.

The EPA plans to use its authority under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to require large industrial facilities - those that emit 25,000 tonnes or more of GHGs annually - to obtain new construction or modification permits from the EPA.

“The complexity and potential impact of this requires Congress to be involved. This sledgehammer approach by EPA is inappropriate,” said Dooley.

“This is a very crude approach to deal with a complex issue that will have a dramatic impact on employment,” he added.

A final EPA rule on GHG emissions could come into effect by the end of March 2010.

“If the proposed fuel-economy rule to regulate GHGs from cars and trucks is finalized and takes effect in the spring of 2010, Clean Air Act permits would automatically be required for stationary sources emitting GHGs,” stated EPA in a 30 September press release.

Dooley said: “This would be an absurd outcome, as this would apply to millions of facilities.”

The proposed EPA rule would also threaten manufacturing jobs in the US, he noted.

“With the administration convening a job summit this week, we note that this EPA action is clearly inconsistent with creating new jobs in this difficult economy,” said Dooley.

“It creates such uncertainty that it will stifle both short-term and long-term investment in US manufacturing,” he added.

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