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Proposed EPA Regs Could Stifle Business, Eliminate Jobs - API
August 16, 2010

Arguing that the Clean Air Act is unsuited to regulating greenhouse gas emissions, the American Petroleum Institute (API) said last week that two new EPA proposed permit rules could slow business expansion and eliminate jobs while not fixing the problem.

"The proposed rules shine a spotlight on how unworkable the Clean Air Act is to regulate greenhouse gases," said Howard Feldman, API's director of regulatory and scientific affairs. "These proposals, like EPA's tailoring rule, are an effort to rewrite the Clean Air Act through new regulation."

The proposed rules have to do with new-source review prevention of significant deterioration permits for greenhouse gases, but EPA has yet to say what emission control requirements might be imposed.

Feldman explained that the tailoring rule only delays the time when big box stores, churches, athletic complexes, malls, office buildings and a number of other facilities fall under "the intrusive, costly scope of any potential federal greenhouse gas regulations under the Clean Air Act."

It is uncertain if the proposals, issued Thursday, will be able to protect businesses from stringent state rules applying the existing 250 ton/year threshold in the vast majority of states in time for the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, slated to begin on January 1, Feldman said.

"Together, state and federal regulations of greenhouse gas emissions will increase permitting delays and could add costs, which could slow business expansion and eliminate jobs," he added.

Source: American Petroleum Institute

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