Gallery: EPA Backs Off Harsh Permitting Regulations for Large Stationar...

 

The EPA has been trying to enforce harsher permitting processes to keep large stationary polluters from spewing greenhouse gasses (GHG) into the atmosphere, however its efforts have been met with lots of resistance. Last week, in response to recent pushbacks, the EPA stepped back from their hard-line stance and said that they’ll maintain current permitting requirements for the time being — requiring only polluters that produce more than 100,000 tons of greenhouse gasses annually to apply for permits. This proposal comes in the midst of a years-long battle that has pitted Congress, state governments, and stationary polluters against the EPA’s attempt to start limiting the amount of greenhouse gas emissions allowed to be spewed by certain buildings and factories. The EPA maintains that the decision to limit smaller polluters will come in the future, but this move is seen by many environmentalists as a cop-out to industries that insist they shouldn’t be regulated by the government.

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