Yesterday the EPA issued a press release detailing their next steps to get “certain” state to “update their Clean Air Act implementation plans to cover greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.” GHGs are harmful to human health.
In the press release, it was clearly stated that EPA believes states should be in control of permitting. They have identified a list of states that need to include GHG in their permitting and <-feigned shock-> Texas is on the list.
These states include: Ariz., Ark., Calif., Conn., Fla., Idaho, Kan., Ky., Neb., Nev., Ore., Texas, and Wyo.
Since the EPA finalized the new GHG reporting rules, these states need to modify their implementation plans. If states do not make the modifications willingly, the FEDERAL EPA will be forced to step in and make sure the new reporting rules are followed.
In January 2011, industries that are large emitters of GHGs, and are planning to build new facilities or make major modifications to existing ones, will work with permitting authorities to identify and implement the most efficient control technologies to minimize their GHGs. This includes the nation’s largest GHG emitters, such as power plants, refineries and cement production facilities. Emissions from small sources, such as farms and restaurants are not covered by these GHG permitting requirements.
I wonder if these new permitting requirements cover gas processing plants in neighborhoods.
The EPA is also trying to create more transparency. They have a new website, Reg Stat
Region 6 continues to update the videos and enforcement actions (see my earlier post about this HERE) taken on the Real-Time Enforcement at Energy Extraction Facilities website. That have some new videos that show amazing amounts of methane/VOCs escaping or releasing into the air.
Our state regulators are not likely to be at all helpful.