17 September 2010– Manufacturers, coal producers and other groups have petitioned a federal appeals court to put on hold the first-ever nationwide regulations to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from factories, coal mines, power plants and other facilities.

The group, led by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), made the request to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit September 15. If approved, EPA regulations set to be enforced in January would be delayed. A separate set of EPA regulations to limit GHG emissions from motor vehicles would still take effect next year, the group says. Besides NAM, the National Mining Association and the American Iron and Steel Institute were among those challenging the EPA regulations.

“If the EPA is allowed to continue forward with an overreaching agenda that puts additional and unnecessary burdens on manufacturers and drives up energy costs, it will cause economic harm and instill even more uncertainty into our already fragile economy,” NAM President John Engler said in a statement.

Large facilities that undergo major modifications must gain state-issued permits to emit greenhouse-gas emissions beginning in January under the regulations. New facilities must hold GHG permits starting in July. To obtain the permits, facilities must show that they are using the “best available control technology” to limit emissions. The technology also must be economically feasible to use and install. The EPA has yet to issue guidance on what counts as best available control technology.

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