EPA Administrator Decreed that CO2 Emissions Cannot Effect Power Plant Licensing

With only weeks to go before the Bush administration transfers power, executive orders and regulatory decisions canceling all sorts of federal rules are being given out by Washington. Just recently, EPA administrator Stephen Johnson has decreed that the agency CANNOT take into account greenhouse gas emissions as a criterion for determining whether or not to grant permits for new power plants. This also exceeds the Agency's previous neglect of the issue and actively forbids considering this criteria.

This runs directly against a Supreme Court ruling in 2007 that the EPA was authorized to regulate carbon dioxide emissions according to the clean air act.

The Obama transition team has been monitoring rulings such as these and has announced that it will reverse any orders it does not agree with. However, it is quite possible that permits could be granted before a repeal is enacted.

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