The Environmental Protection Agency is slated to release an onslaught of new regulatory initiatives in September, taking on everything from carbon dioxide emissions to pollution run-off from military ships.
A regulatory plan, quietly released by the Barack Obama Administration last week, goes far beyond what the President has discussed with regard to introducing new greenhouse gas emissions standards for new and existing power plants in the Nation.
One regulatory initiative would enact stricter standards on pollution from military ships, including drainage from onboard photography labs, deck runoff from rain and seawater, and foam used to fight fires on the shops.
Other rules change the way air conditioner refrigerants will be produced and handled in the future, create new standards for pharmaceutical disposal and enact new rules for agricultural grain elevators.
While there are a number of odds and ends in the EPA regulatory plan, much of the agenda still focuses heavily on broad initiatives to cut carbon emissions in the United States, echoing stated goals of the President’s Climate Action Plan. Based on a statement released by the President late last month, the EPA will also focus heavily on throttling power plants and reducing emissions in coming years by introducing new standards and incentivizing green technology:
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has already undertaken such action with regard to carbon pollution from the transportation sector, issuing Clean Air Act standards limiting the greenhouse gas emissions of new cars and light trucks through 2025 and heavy duty trucks through 2018. The EPA standards were promulgated in conjunction with the Department of Transportation, which, at the same time, established fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks as part of a harmonized national program. Both agencies engaged constructively with auto manufacturers, labor unions, States, and other stakeholders, and the resulting standards have received broad support. These standards will reduce the Nation’s carbon pollution and dependence on oil, and also lead to greater innovation, economic growth, and cost savings for American families.
The new regulatory initiatives are expected to be scrutinized in coming weeks by the Nation’s lawmakers and business groups.
“Obviously they attract the most attention because that’s where most cost and benefits lie,” Sherzod Abdukadirov, a research fellow with the Mercatus Center, told The Hill. “Given the size and impact of environmental regulations, it is really important to make sure that we get them right, that they are high quality,” he added, so that outside groups know what to expect.