US chem council wants delay in greenhouse gas regs enforcement

16 December 2009 23:30  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--The American Chemistry Council (ACC) wants the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to delay its enforcement of greenhouse gas regulations by a year, council executives said on Wednesday.

ACC president Cal Dooley said during a press conference that the council was working on a request that the EPA forestall enforcement of regulations on emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases in order to give Congress more time to address the issue.

The ACC is not taking a “no, never” approach to greenhouse gas regulations, Dooley said, but the complexity of the issue should require more involvement by Congress.

A lack of clarity in EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions by stationary sources such as electric utilities and manufacturing plants could result in “regulatory gridlock” that could impair economic stimulus measures, Dooley said.

The agency has formally declared that it intends to impose limits on greenhouse gas emissions, but it has not explained how it will manage such an undertaking.

The lack of clear EPA rules regarding enforcement of greenhouse gas emissions could prove counterproductive to such economic stimulus programmes as federal funding for lithium ion battery production, Dooley said.

Representative Marsha Blackburn (Republican-Tennessee) is the sponsor of HR-391, which would amend the US Clean Air Act by saying that the act’s definition of “air pollutant” does not include CO2 or any other greenhouse gas, adding that “nothing in the Clean Air Act shall be treated as authorising or requiring the regulation of climate change or global warming”.

Also, anticipated lawsuits challenging EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases could delay implementation of the regulations.

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