EPA's greenhouse gas rule to remain focused on largest emitters, ease permitting

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that it will not revise greenhouse gas (GHG) permitting thresholds under the Clean Air Act.

The final rule maintains a focus on the nation’s largest emitters that account for nearly 70 percent of GHG emissions from stationary sources while shielding smaller emitters from permitting requirements. EPA is also finalizing a provision that allows companies to set plant-wide emissions limits for GHGs, streamlining the permitting process, increasing flexibilities and reducing permitting burdens on state and local authorities and large industrial emitters.

The rule affirms that new facilities with GHG emissions of at least 100,000 tons per year (tpy) carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) will continue to be required to obtain Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permits. Existing facilities that emit 100,000 tpy CO2e and make changes increasing the GHG emissions by at least 75,000 tpy of CO2e, must also obtain PSD permits. Facilities that must obtain a PSD permit, to include other regulated pollutants, must also address GHG emission increases of 75,000 tpy or more of CO2e. New and existing sources with GHG emissions above 100,000 tpy CO2e must also obtain operating permits.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld EPA’s limits on June 26, saying EPA’s interpretation of the Clean Air Act was correct and that opponents fif not have the legal right to challenge the Timing and Tailoring rules.

The GHG Tailoring Rule will continue to address a group of six greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). An operating permit lists all of a facility’s Clean Air Act emissions control requirements and ensures adequate monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting.

Read more emission regulations news

Sponsored by FLSmidth

Related Articles

Using Predictive Analytics to Minimize Risk Associated with Aging Assets

It's no secret that an aging asset infrastructure is of major concern to power generation companies.

Remote Vibration Monitoring Keeps Power Plants Running at Full Capacity

You can get the monitoring and analysis you need without requiring your equipment specialist to be on-site at the plant.

Follow Power Engineering on Twitter
Latest News

Wylfa nuclear power plant to restart in a week

The Wylfa nuclear power plant in the UK is expected to restart soon after being shut down sin...
Coal Ash

Power Engineering Photo of the Day

03/25 Henry Hub Average Natural Gas Spot Prices

03/25 Henry Hub Average Natural Gas Spot Prices

The Henry Hub is the pricing point for natural gas futures contracts traded on the New York M...

Westinghouse asked to take 49% share of Bulgaria nuclear power plant

Bulgaria has asked Westinghouse Electric Co. to take up a 49 percent stake in the country’s n...

Dominion Va. Power proposes $1 bn, natural gas-fired power plant

Dominion Virginia Power (NYSE: D) said the company is proposing to build a $1 billion, 1,600-...

Weekly Coal Production Report

The Weekly Coal Production Report has been updated for the week ended March 21, 2015.

Westinghouse, German companies to offer nuclear decommissioning services

Westinghouse Electric Co. signed an agreement with HOCHTIEF team to offer integrated decommis...

ENEC files for nuclear power plant operating licenses

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp. (ENEC) filed the operating license application for two nucl...

Power Engineering Current Issue

03/01/2014
Volume 118, Issue 3
1403PE-cover
Products Showcase
Dynamic Fluoride Ion cleaning DFIC of industrial natural gas turbines Hi-Tech Furnace Systems

Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning of IGT Parts

The Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning (DFIC) Process from Hi-Tech Furnace Systems is able to clean deep, narrow cracks of oxides by cycling between negative, atmospheric, and positive pressure.

Archived Articles

2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

Buyers Guide Product Listings

Amended Silicates HgX

Amended Silicates® HgX is an innovative, non-ca...

PowerPAC Premium®

This halogenated powdered activated carbon (PAC...

The NEW FastPAC™ Series

These patent-pending, next-generation powdered ...

Circulating Dry Scrubber

CDS removes acid gas pollutants and heavy metal...
Power Industry Wire News

Murray Energy's Controlling Interest of Foresight Creates U.S. Coal Mining Giant, an Industrial Info News Alert

Murray Energy's Controlling Interest of Foresight Creates U.S. Coal Mining Giant, an In...

Canadian Overseas Petroleum Reports 2014 Year End Results

Canadian Overseas Petroleum Reports 2014 Year End Results

ISO Board Appoints New Member to EIM Transitional Committee

ISO Board Appoints New Member to EIM Transitional Committee

Technology Pioneer Brings Lifelong Passion for Innovation to BuildingDNA as New CTO

Technology Pioneer Brings Lifelong Passion for Innovation to BuildingDNA as New CTO

EVTN Announces Voraxial Order for Produced Water Treatment

EVTN Announces Voraxial Order for Produced Water Treatment

Power Engineering

Article Archives for Power Engineering Magazine

Continuing Education

Professional Development Hours

To access a course listing associated to a specific topic listed below, click on the topic of choice from the list below.

Latest Energy Jobs

View more Job Listings >>