Tuesday, December 15, 2009

EPA Announces Greenhouse Gas Endangerment Finding

EPA Announces Greenhouse Gas Endangerment Finding
EPA announced this week two distinct findings that greenhouse gases (GHGs) threaten the public health and welfare of the American people, and that GHG emissions from new motor vehicles and new motor vehicle engines contribute to that threat. EPA's findings respond to the 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision that GHGs fit within the Clean Air Act definition of air pollutants. The findings do not in and of themselves impose any emission reduction requirements but rather allow EPA to finalize the GHG standards proposed earlier this year for new light-duty vehicles as part of the joint rulemaking with the Department of Transportation. The findings were signed by the EPA Administrator on December 7, 2009, and will be published in the Federal Register (www.regulations.gov) under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0171. For additional information on EPA's findings, visit: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/endangerment.html

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