Source: Agricultural Retailers Association

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will delay requiring stationary sources to have Clean Air Act (CAA) permits until January 2011 to give industry more time to prepare for the regulations, according to the Agricultural Retailers Association. The agency intends to require large sources of greenhouse gas emissions, such as power plants that run on coal or natural gas, and plants that make cement, steel and glass, to get permits proving they are using the best available technology to cut pollution.

Moreover, on April 1, EPA and the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a joint final rule establishing a historic national program that will dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve fuel economy for new cars and trucks sold in the United States. This national program applies to passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles, covering model years 2012 through 2016. These vehicles will be required to meet an estimated combined average emissions level of 250 grams of carbon dioxide per mile, equivalent to 35.5 miles per gallon (MPG) if the automobile industry were to meet this carbon dioxide level solely through fuel economy improvements. This program is expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 960 million metric tons and 1.8 billion barrels of oil over the lifetime of the vehicles sold under the program.

Some lawmakers are frustrated with EPA's efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Senator Murkowski, who introduced legislation to block EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the CAA, expressed frustration over the agency's failure to provide information on the impact of EPA's efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. For more information on the final rule, click here.