The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a final rule to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the largest stationary sources, while shielding millions of small sources of GHGs from Clean Air Act permitting requirements. The phased-in, common-sense approach will address facilities like power plants and oil refineries that are responsible for 70 percent of the greenhouse gases from stationary sources that threaten American’s health and welfare.

EPA’s phased-in approach will start in January 2011, when Clean Air Act permitting requirements for GHGs will kick in for large facilities that are already obtaining Clean Air Act permits for other pollutants. Those facilities will be required to include GHGs in their permit if they increase these emissions by at least 75,000 tons per year (tpy).

Under this rule, dairy facilities of less than 16,000 cows would not be subject to Clean Air Act permitting requirements, according to Paul Martin, director of environmental services for Western United Dairymen.

Read the entire news release here.

Source: Western United Dairymen, EPA