Monday, August 25, 2008

EPA Sued for Failure to Regulate CO2 in Oil Refinery NSPS

Planet Ark reports:

New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia and the City of New York,  are suing federal environmental regulators over greenhouse gas emissions from oil refineries. The states and cities contend EPA violated the federal Clean Air Act by refusing to issue new source performance standards to control global warming pollution emissions from oil refineries.  States have also sued the EPA to require it to regulate global warming emissions from power plants (2006 petition for review) and protect the states' right to regulate pollution emissions from automobiles.  The suit was filed in the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  About 15 percent of US industrial emissions of carbon dioxide come from crude refineries, which burn oil as they make gasoline and jet fuel. The suit seeks to force the EPA to control oil refinery emissions of greenhouse pollution and to order the agency to adopt the standards. Planet Ark link  NY AG's office link

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