The EPA today sent a draft ruling to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that would likely limit greenhouse gas emissions regulations only to large industrial sources, thus shielding small business from any forthcoming limits on emissions.
With the expected formal release of an endangerment finding (pdf) from the EPA declaring CO2 a pollutant, the current rule under the Clean Air Act would require that industrial sources emitting more than 250 tons or more a year of a regulated pollutant install the “best available control technologies” to limit emissions.
Today’s submission to the OMB could limit “strict permitting requirement to industrial sources of more than 25,000 ton a year of carbon dioxide equivalent,” says a report just released by GreenWire.com (subscription).
“Putting this rule in place deflates a lot of the political rhetoric about regulating CO2,” said David Bookbinder of the Sierra Club.
For more on the story, see Daniel Kessler’s report on Treehugger.