EPA Reconsiders Decision On CO2 | February 23, 2009 Issue - Vol. 87 Issue 8 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 87 Issue 8 | p. 42 | Concentrates
Issue Date: February 23, 2009

EPA Reconsiders Decision On CO2

Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE

The Obama Administration's EPA is reconsidering a controversial Bush Administration decision about carbon dioxide emissions. At issue is a December 2008 memorandum from former EPA administrator Stephen L. Johnson stating that regulators issuing air pollution permits to power plants and industrial facilities, including chemical plants, are not required to take CO2 emissions into account. Environmental groups asked for a reevaluation of Johnson's decision, and EPA Administrator Lisa M. Jackson granted that request last week. EPA says it "will vigorously review the Johnson memo to ensure that it is consistent with the Obama Administration's climate-change strategy and interpretation of the Clean Air Act." David Bookbinder, chief climate counsel for the Sierra Club, says, "This decision stops the Bush Administration's last-minute effort to saddle President Obama with its do-nothing policy on global warming." Jeffrey Holmstead, an industry lawyer who headed EPA's air program during the first half of the Bush Administration, calls Jackson's decision "a clever procedural move that allows the new Administration to distance itself from the Bush Administration without actually changing anything about how CO2 is regulated."

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